Park District to Host Community Meetings for Rosewood Beach
Proposed Rosewood Beach improvements include public restrooms, showers, changing areas and concessions.
The Park District of Highland Park is hosting two community meetings to gather resident feedback on the conceptual plan for Rosewood Beach development.
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The Rosewood Beach Task Force has been working with David Woodhouse Architects on conceptual plans, and after almost a year, a proposed plan is ready for public review and comment. The beach development can be funded through grants and reserves with no additional taxes levied.
Proposed Rosewood Beach improvements include public restrooms, showers, changing areas, and concessions. The conceptual plan also includes a multi-purpose structure (1,000 sq ft) for community use, recreational programming, and environmental education.
Proposed recreational enhancements include a new playground on the beach, an improved ravine trail, sand volleyball, and new picnic areas. The beachfront will meet all ADA requirements including equal access to the beach and buildings.
In addition, the US Army Corp of Engineers (USACE) has conducted a feasibility study on improvements to the lakeshore. The main goal of their project is to stabilize the bluff, the ravine and dunes, and to reduce erosion and sedimentation into Lake Michigan. The USACE plan creates naturalistic wave breaks to protect shoreline vegetation and restore nearshore fish habitat. Additional sand will be added resulting in an extended and fully nourished beach.
Combined, the proposed plans balance both the environmental and recreational needs of the community.
“Everyone who lives next to this Great Lake Michigan has a stake in its conservation and renovation,” states Park Commissioner Elaine Waxman. “We encourage residents to attend one of the public meetings to preview this exciting proposed beach development plan and share your thoughts.”
For additional information about the Rosewood Beach Development, contact Rick Stumpf, PDHP Director of Planning and Projects, at 847.831.3810. Follow project updates at www.pdhp.org.