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What is 1% for Recreation?

1% for Recreation Program was started in 2007 as a way for local businesses to collect donations from customers to support recreation in the Bayfield area.  These businesses ask their patrons to pay an additional 1% for their bill as a donation to the 1% program.  From restaurants to gift shops and hotels, these donations are collected and forwarded to Recreation and Fitness Resources.  These donations are generally quite small (typically under a few dollars) but add up to a sizable amount – over $56,000 from 24 participating businesses last year.  1% funds support the Rec Center and other non-profit organizations that provide recreation in our area (see right).

We encourage our members and users to visit and patronize these 24 businesses with their patronage in thanks for their community-minded support.  The Bayfield Area Recreation Center would simply not be open without the 1% for Recreation Program.

To participate, donate or ask questions, please contact Raymond Thompson at 218-334-1302.


To Apply for 1% for Recreation Funds

The board of Recreation and Fitness Resources distributes 1% for Recreation funds on a yearly basis.  Interested parties are invited to submit a request.  The mission of the 1% for Recreation Fund is to “provide funding to organizations that promote recreation in the Bayfield area.  These organizations should operate as a non-profit and offer public opportunities for either outdoor or indoor recreation.”  Requests for over $250 will be evaluated in October; under $250 will be evaluated monthly.

1% for Recreation Seeks Proposals

The 1% Fund distributes grants to non-profit organizations that promote recreation in the Bayfield area. We are currently inviting proposals. Please contact Raymond at the Rec Center (218-334-1302)  if you are interested in applying.

These Businesses Give Back to Community Recreation!

The following businesses are participating in the 1% for Recreation Program, which collected $56,000 last year.
1% for Recreation also funded the following other charitable organizations this past year:

*A Natural Branch of Learning            *Chequamegon Area Mountain Bike Association
*Friends of Nordic Ski Trails
*Mt. Ashwabay
*Native Expressions Drum and Dance Troop
*Friends of the Apostle Islands

We urge you to support these businesses as they support our community in return

Artesian House B&B
The Bayfield Inn
Bayfield Recreation Center
Bodin Fisheries
Brownstone Center
Cooper Hill House B&B
Dreamcatcher Sailing
Eckel’s Pottery
Egg Toss Cafe
Encore Resale Store
Ethels at 250
Howl Clothing and
Isaac Wing House
Island View Inn
Joanne’s Scandinavian
Kelly and Crew
Keeper of the Light
Silvernail Guest House
Starlit Kitchen
Sweet Sailing
What Goes Around
Wild Rice Restaurant
The Winfield Inn and
Winfield Inn Property Management

Donors and Supporters
Andy’s IGA
Apostle Island Booksellers
Big Water Coffee Roasters
Boreal Shores Kayaks  Bremer Bank
The Candy Shoppe
Grace Hogan Jewelry
The Inn on Madeline Island  Harbor Wear
Madeline Island Ferry
Living Adventure  Reed Realty
Shine  Silverwaves Jewelry
Stillpoint Therapeutic Massage
Wild By Nature