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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 Boating Facility   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.

What’s Happening to the Beaches?

As the weather warms and our beaches officially open for business Memorial Day weekend, you may notice some changes to the shoreline at our lakefront parks.  In the past few years, the Lake Michigan water level has risen from historic lows to higher than average levels.  As a result, communities all along the Illinois Lake Michigan shoreline, including Highland Park, are experiencing beach erosion.  The rise and fall of lake level is a normal process for the Great Lakes.  For more information on the lake level and what your Park District is doing along with other lake shore communities and experts in the field to better understand and find long-term best practices for coastal issues, click here

 

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 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.

 Rosewood BeachPark Avenue
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*North Lot:
City of Highland Park Vehicle Sticker*
South Lot:
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
$15 hourly/$40 4-hour parking fee (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
$15 hourly/$40 4-hour parking fees (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, Mon,Wed, Thu 9am-5pm| Tue 8am-6:30pm | Fri 8am-4pm
^^ Park Avenue Season Parking Decal: $60 Residents/$210 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 May 15, your parking decal will be mailed to you. For passes purchased online after May 16, 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,Wed, Thu 9am-5pm| Tue 8am-6:30pm | Fri 8am-4pm
*Parking Decal is included with season storage.

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