Welcome to the Bayfield Area Recreation Center
The Bayfield Area Recreation Center is a true community facility, featuring an indoor pool, fitness room, hot tub, sauna, racquetball court and meeting room. Open to the public year-round, the Recreation Center saw over 42,000 annual visitors of all ages in 2015. For many, the Rec Center is a place to exercise, stay healthy and spend quality time with friends and family. Some, including many seniors, do rehabilitative and preventative exercise that they could not function without. The Rec Center provides a very important place in our battle with childhood obesity and diabetes. Bayfield School students, grades 1-12, take swimming lessons at our pool.
It was in August of 2006 that non-profit Recreation and Fitness Resources (RFR) took over operations and management of the Bayfield Area Recreation Center. Assuming financial responsibility for the Rec Center seemed like an impossible task at the time, but here we are years later with a healthy and thriving facility. The credit for our success is due to the support of the entire community. From the School District of Bayfield providing capital improvement dollars, to the 24 businesses collecting 1% for Recreation donations, to the crazy people who plunged in March and their donors, it has been a total community effort to keep our doors open. The recent Point to LaPointe Swim to Madeline Island this summer was a great example. The race is growing, bringing 1000+ visitors to the area, and is getting rave reviews because the whole community pitches in to put on a great event.
From August of 2006 to December of 2015, the Rec Center has:
--hosted 299,558 visits, including 67,963 visits by seniors and 97,024 by children
--given financial scholarships to 270 families of 774 people to become members
--increased memberships to a current 963 people including 1568 during 2015.
--cut gas use by 57% and electricity use by 40%
--earned Wisconsin Travel Green certification 8 years in a row
--helped the Red Cliff Summer Food Program give away over 15,000 free lunches and snacks, including 2,924 in 2015
--obtained over $107,000 in competitive grants
--established membership and use programs with Red Cliff Health Center, Red Cliff Youth Center, Mishomis House, Northern Lights Health Center, Bayfield County, the School District of Bayfield, St. Louis School, Red Cliff Head Start, and South Shore School.
Thank you to our community for your support!
Thanks also to our community partner, CORE Community Resources. CORE helps seniors stay independent, active and valued members of our community. www.corecr.org
Youth Programming Funded in Part by the Peter M. and Betty W. Rogers Fund of the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation.
We thank you!
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