Park District Hosts Rosewood Beach Community Meetings

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 Park District of Highland Park is hosting two community meetings to gather resident feedback on the conceptual plan for Rosewood Beach development.

The public is encouraged to attend May 2, 7:00 p.m. at West Ridge Center, 636 Ridge Road, or Sunday, May 6, 1:30 p.m. at Heller Nature Center, 2821 Ridge Road.

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Carolyn Cerf April 26, 2012 at 05:17 PM
Thank you, David, for spelling out the potential financial implications of (over)development on Rosewood Beach. I've been concerned about that side of things since the beginning, and I am disappointed that the Park District has yet to address the budgetary questions that WILL be asked at the public hearings next week.
Carolyn Cerf April 26, 2012 at 05:24 PM
To clarify, the designs I have seen (which were recommended to the Board by the Task Force, but which are unavailable on the Park District's website) indicate that the multi-purpose interpretive center is at least 1,500 square feet. Nevermind whether 500 square feet is enough to quibble over - there has been a misrepresentation, and the fact that the designs aren't available to the public makes it awfully easy for the Park District and the press to say it's smaller. If we're trying to stick to the facts, I can't just let that slide.
David Greenberg April 26, 2012 at 06:14 PM
I wish the Park District was having additional public hearings - unfortunately due to prior commitments I'm unable to make either of the times they have detailed.... While I understand the desire to explain everything in person, It certainly would be nice if the Park District were to post the items on their website so taxpayers unable to attend the meetings in person would be able to comment on and question the proposed designs.
Carolyn Cerf April 26, 2012 at 07:20 PM
David, you should write a letter to the editor and send it to the HP News, TribLocal, Patch, etc. and also to the Park District. If you can't make it to the meetings, your above comments would be a fine letter, especially your point about the lack of attention to budget considerations.
Doug Purington May 01, 2012 at 08:09 PM
We all want and deserve a beach in Highland Park (Rosewood) as nice as the one in Lake Forest and with the naturalistic designs and amenities proposed by the Park District. That said, in no way is an "interpretive center", or "beach shelter",or whatever one wants to call it, necessary to accomplish that. Again, the 7 or so alternatives that have been suggested for that building make so much more sense. The primary focus of the restoration of Rosewood Beach should be to provide a beautiful, comfortable, accessible, natural in concept venue for all families in Highland Park to be able to enjoy all year-round, something that we've been without for years and years. This proposed structure is in no way necessary for that premise to be realized! An "interpretive center", in of itself, is a wonderful concept...it just needs to be properly placed. According to one of the Park District board members, that placement can be elsewhere without sacrificing the matching grant monies. So, let's support the Park District's plans sans this unwanted and unneeded building (at Rosewood)!


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