FREEPORT — L.L.Bean will contribute $500,000 to the town’s effort to develop athletic fields and recreational trails off Hunter Road, a company spokeswoman said today.

L.L.Bean’s board of directors approved the donation on Friday to help the company celebrate its upcoming 100th anniversary of doing business on Main Street since 1912, said Carolyn Beem.

“The timing of the Freeport Fields and Trails project was perfect for us,” Beem said. “We see the town as a huge stakeholder in our business. L.L. Bean is committed to the outdoors and we sell products that help people enjoy the outdoors. This is a perfect fit.”

L.L.Bean officials notified town leaders of the planned donation on Tuesday.

The Town Council voted unanimously in April to spend $2.3 million in surplus funds to develop athletic fields and recreational trails off Hunter Road.

Freeport Fields and Trails, a coalition of local residents and business owners, has proposed a $3.3 million, multi-use complex that would include several playing fields, trails for running, biking and cross-country skiing, and a recreational lodge.

The coalition still must raise the remaining $500,000 to complete the project and cover future maintenance.