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Five Great Ways to Enjoy Rosewood Beach

7/20/18 – On a sunny day, the turquoise waters and bright blue sky against the rocks and sandy beach may make you do a double take – Am I still in Highland Park or did I take a wrong turn and end up in the Caribbean?

If you want an exceptional experience at the lakefront, take a short stroll down east Roger Williams Avenue. As you get closer, you will start to hear a soothing breeze whistling through the trees and feel the sensations that invite you to come on down and experience the rare beauty of Rosewood Beach.
So, what are some of the unique ways residents are enjoying this beauty? We went to social media and found “Five Great Ways to Enjoy Rosewood.”


1. Blues Beater- When you are facing those Monday morning blues, resist hitting the snooze alarm and invite yourself to take an early morning stroll at Rosewood. Watch the sunrise pierce over the horizon, breathe in the early morning lake breeze and center yourself for the week ahead. The jury is still out on whether a trip to Rosewood has healing properties, but it will certainly can improve your mood and give you the confidence to conquer whatever lies ahead.


2. See the IC – Whether it is enjoying a cup of coffee with a friend along the outside boardwalk, joining one of the great yoga on the beach sessions, or dropping in with the kids for a nature-related craft project during a summer day the Interpretive Center (IC) at Rosewood is truly unique. Its stunning modern architecture and sweeping views of the lake is worth checking out. The center is also available for rentals during the non-swimming season.



3. Paddle On- Spend an early morning or late afternoon paddling on the lake at Rosewood. The waters are calm, and the sounds of nature surround you. It is quite the enriching experience that you can take advantage of with your friends or by yourself. Paddle boards are available for rental during the summer. For more information on paddle boarding at Rosewood go to



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4. Say Yes! – Looking for a beautiful memorable place to pop a big question – whatever it may be – Rosewood is the place! Rosewood is a romantic setting when the word “yes” is the only answer they can give you.





5. Escape- Any time is a good time to visit Rosewood for your escape from the everyday – whether you have 30 minutes for a quick stroll along its shoreline or an entire day to curl up with a good book along the boardwalk. Rosewood is your escape to a vacation spot right down the street.


Our lakeshore, bluffs, ravines, and public parks like Moraine Park physically define Highland Park. The Park District maintains four lakefront parks that offer public access to this magnificent shoreline: Millard, Moraine, Park Avenue, and Rosewood. Each lakefront park provides a unique mix of ecological, recreational, aesthetic and educational value that is an integral part of the historical, cultural and natural resources of Highland Park.

In 2007, the Park District, in collaboration with stakeholders, completed the Lakefront Master Plan – a roadmap for improvements at all lakefront parks, beaches, and ravine ecosystems. Since 2007, much has been accomplished along our lakefront. Now, 11 years later, our lakefront parks and community priorities have changed. As a result, the plan is being revisited and updated to better address today’s Highland Park. To learn more about this planning effort: click here

We want your input! The Park District is currently conducting a survey to capture the community’s thoughts and ideas regarding our lakefront parks. To take the short survey, click here