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Beaches

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About Our Beaches

Nearly ten percent of the Illinois Lake Michigan shoreline is within Highland Park. The Park District maintains four public beaches that offer public access to this magnificent natural resource. Upper parks along the bluffs connect pedestrians to each beach. Walking paths or steps provide access to the beaches from the upper parks.
Millard Beach – A non-swimming beach for passive recreation
Moraine Beach –  Dog beach and a non-swimming beach for passive recreation
Park Avenue Beach  North Shore Yacht Club, concrete and sand launching ramps, and a non-swimming beach
Rosewood Beach –  Swimming beach,  beachfront Interpretive Center, nature programming, beach yoga & volleyball

Hours:  Beaches and parks are open from dawn until dusk.

Rosewood Shuttle Bus

There is a shuttle bus that runs on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays through September 5 from the upper Rosewood lot (Roger Williams) to the Lower beach lot (Sheridan Road) from 10am-6pm (weather dependent).  Once the upper parking lot is full, there is overflow parking available at Ravinia School with shuttle service.

Lakefront Parking

Lakefront parking is limited and parking permits and/or resident vehicle stickers are required. Please refer to the following chart to avoid a parking violation. Parking is allowed during park hours, dawn to dusk only. No overnight parking. City of Highland Park Police Department enforced parking fine is $75 per occurrence for not having proper Park District of Highland Park or City of Highland Park season decals or daily parking passes. Sorry, no exceptions.

 Rosewood BeachPark Avenue Beach &
Boating Facility
Moraine BeachCentral Park
(upper park)
Millard Park
Residents
Mon-Fri
City of Highland Park Vehicle Sticker*City of Highland Park Vehicle Sticker*City of Highland Park Vehicle Sticker*City of Highland Park Vehicle Sticker*City of Highland Park Vehicle Sticker*
Residents
Sat-Sun
Holidays
City of Highland Park Vehicle Sticker*Before 3pm
Park Avenue Season Parking Decal ^^
After 3pm
City of Highland Park Vehicle Sticker*
City of Highland Park Vehicle Sticker*City of Highland Park Vehicle Sticker*City of Highland Park Vehicle Sticker*
Non-residents
Mon-Fri
$40 Daily Parking Pass (upper Rosewood Lot Only)
or Lakefront Season Parking Decal^
(upper Rosewood
lot only)
Park Avenue Season Parking Decal ^^
or
Lakefront Parking Season Decal^
Lakefront Season
Parking Decal^
Lakefront Season Parking Decal^
Lakefront Season Parking Decal^
Non-Residents
Sat-Sun
$40 Daily Parking Pass (Upper Rosewood Lot Only)
or
Lakefront Season Parking Decal^
(Upper Rosewood lot only)
Park Avenue Season Parking DecalLakefront Season
Parking Decal^
Lakefront Season Parking Decal^
Lakefront Season Parking Decal^
Non-residents
Holidays
No Non-Resident ParkingPark Avenue Season
Parking Decal^^
No Non-Resident ParkingNo Non-Resident ParkingNo Non-Resident Parking

* City of Highland Park Sticker: Vehicle stickers must be valid.  Purchase at City Hall, 1707 St Johns Ave.
^Lakefront Season Parking Decal:  (Upper Rosewood Lot) $250. Valid dawn to dusk every day, excluding holidays , through Dec 31,2017. Only valid at the Upper Rosewood Lot at Rosewood Park. Not valid at Park Ave. on weekends/holidays. (A $5 Lakefront Decal is available for employer-assigned vehicles not registered in Highland Park. Decal must be permanently affixed to vehicle windshield.) Purchase at: 
Recreation Center of Highland Park, M-Su 7am-7pm
West Ridge Center, M-Th 9am-6:30pm | Fri 9am -5pm
Centennial Ice Arena, M-Th 9am-5pm | Fri 9am-4pm 
^^ Park Avenue Season Parking Decal: $60 Residents/$200 Non-residents. Valid dawn to dusk every day. Decal is included with season boating storage and/or launch pass. Not available for individual sale. 
How to get your Park Ave decal:
1. For Returning Boaters who have purchased their passes online by Apr 30, your parking decal will be mailed to you. For passes purchased online after May 1, please schedule an appointment with Robyn Zullo at rzullo@pdhp.org to pick up your decal at Deer Creek Racquet Club.
2. Starting May 1, you may also purchase decals in-person at:
Recreation Center of Highland Park, M-Su 7am-7pm
West Ridge Center, Mon-Thu 9am-6:30pm | Fri 9am-5pm
*Parking Decal is included with season storage.

RocksMillard Beach

Millard is a neighborhood friendly passive non-swimming beach area, with over 1,000 feet of Lake Michigan shore and bluff. Historic gardens in the upper park overlook the lake and beach area. Ravine restoration over the past years has enhanced the habitat for trout spawning and other native wildlife and ecology.

Click on the following links for more information about Millard Park Beach:

General Information & Map
Parking Options

Millard Park Beach Rock Garden

The Rock Garden was gifted to the Park District of Highland Park by longtime residents Richard and Marjie Ettlinger to provide a friendly outdoor play and learning space where children and adults can bring stones they collect from the beach to sift and sort while learning to identify such important Lake Michigan beach stones as basalt, granite, quartz, sandstone and limestone. Large boulders of each rock type are represented in the garden and engraved with their geological names. The space also includes a bench constructed by Eagle Scout candidate, Duncan Holzall. The sitting area will provide residents a place to relax and enjoy the beautiful beach while listening to the stones rolling together in the waves.

It was great to see people engage with the different elements and even create rock sculptures of their own on the beach

Project History

n October 2014, the Park District of Highland Park Board of Commissioners unanimously approved the installation of a Lake Michigan Rock Garden on the north beach of Millard Park, a 14-acre park that includes over 1,000 feet of Lake Michigan shore and bluff. The concept and funding for the garden was presented to the Park District Board by long-time Highland Park residents, Richard and Marjie Ettlinger.

Marjie Ettlinger had a long –standing desire to create an informational exhibit about Lake Michigan beach stones, so she approached the Park District and worked with Natural Areas Manager, Rebecca Grill, to develop the conceptual idea. Grill and the Ettlingers met with John Dalton, a respected exhibit designer, who helped infuse Marjie’s concept with current educational thinking and fun.

Basalt  IMG_1871  IMG_1863

 

Yellow Ribbon  Marjie

 

FetchMoraine Park Beach

Moraine is a neighborhood friendly non-swimming beach for passive recreation including nature walks, picnicking, and an outdoor art sculpture area in the upper park. The beach is also home to Highland Park’s only dog beach area.

Click on the following links for more information on Moraine Park Beach.

General Information & Map
Parking Options