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Rosewood Beach

883 Sheridan Road
Highland Park, IL 60035
847.479.3165
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Swimming Beach Is Open! asbpa_brb_2016

Rosewood Beach is a national award winning beach located along the shores of Lake Michigan.

Re-opened to the public in June 2015 after a major renovation, the newly restored Rosewood features: a nature cove for ecological and nature programs, guarded swimming c beach, and a recreation  beach. Nestled against Rosewood’s wooded bluffs is a one-of-a-kind beachfront Interpretive Center and amenity buildings including concessions, restroom, and guard buildings connected by a boardwalk that runs the length of Rosewood Beach.   For an in depth look at Rosewood’s amazing restoration, click here.

Public Swimming Hours 

May 27-29, June 3-4, Jun 10-Aug 20, Aug 26-27, Sep 2-4
*10am-6pm Daily

*Swimming hours for beach are subject to change depending on weather, crowds, and wave conditions. Certified lifeguards supervise the beach during the public swimming hours, regardless of weather conditions. A sign is posted that indicates when lifeguards are not on duty. If lightning and/or thunder is seen/heard, the water and beach will be cleared and not re-open until 30 minutes pass without lightning and/or thunder. If inclement weather continues for a period longer than three hours, the beach will be closed for the remainder of the day.

Beach Access Fees

Residents & Guests – FREE
Non-residents – $10 per person (children under 3-years-old are FREE)  

Stand Up Paddle Boarding

NEW! Uncle Dan’s in Highland Park offers stand up paddle boarding at Rosewood beach.  For hours, fees and to reserve a paddle board, click here.

Safety Regulations

  • Climbing on rocks is prohibited
  • Flotation devices are prohibited in the water
  • Glass containers are prohibited
  • Swim only during public swimming hours and in designated areas
  • Children under the age of 11 must be accompanied by an adult
  • Diving from the shoreline or rocks is prohibited
  • Please dispose of all litter in the receptacles provided
  • No dogs allowed on beach or boardwalk

Jon Pratscher, Manager
Phone: 847.579.4102
jpratscher@pdhp.org

Tori Ziegler, Office Coordinator
Phone: 847.579.4108
vziegler@pdhp.org

Programs for Every Member of the Family


After School Programs

Through hands-on after-school programs your child will explore and discover the ever changing environments of Rosewood and/or learn a new outdoor adventure skill.

Outdoor Quest (Grades 1-6): Mapping       Tracking           Shelter Building

Ravine Rangers (Grades K-3)


Early Childhood Programs

Learn More About Monarchs and Minnows Here


Public Programs

One-Day Adult Fall ProgramsOne-Day Family and Adult Summer ProgramsOne-Day Family and Adult Fall ProgramsOne-Day Kids' Fall Programs
Brunch and Learn Nature Workshop: RestorationSummer StrollsBabies at the BeachBeach Explorers
Movies at the Beach: FlowColors and CabStories in the SandLuau at the Beach
Rocks RockLife in Lake Michigan
Beach Campout

Beach Yoga Programs

Learn More About Beach Yoga Programs Here


School Programs

School Programs at Rosewood Interpretive Center offer school groups the opportunity to learn about the lakefront through experiences in an outdoor setting. Our hands-on philosophy encourages learners to heighten their awareness of the natural world, understand basic ecological concepts and increase concerns for the earth and all its life. Our programs meet Common Core and Next Generation Standards.  Programs are held at Rosewood Beach Interpretive Center (R) but may also be held at Heller Nature Center (H).  Some programs may be available to travel to your school (S). Look for the icon next to the program to see where the program can take place. For more information on time and pricing view our School Program Guide. For questions or to book a school program call 847-433-6901.

Preschool- Kindergarten

Rocks Rock! . Fall/Winter/Spring (H) (R) (S)

Third- Fourth Grade

Ecosystems . Fall/Spring (H) (R) (D)
Illinois Geology . Fall/Winter/Spring (H) (R) (S)
Maple Syrup Harvest .  March (R)

Fifth-Eighth Grade

Ravine Education . Fall/Spring (R)


Scout/Custom Programs

Have you always wanted to learn about nature and never knew where to begin?

A Heller Naturalist can create a program that is based around your interest and needs including leading your group on a nature walk, teaching a workshop, helping you earn a scout badge or visiting your group for an informational discussion. We also have a variety of established programs; pricing information is below.

Animal Adaptations – Geocaching – Geology – Guided Hike – Ravine Education – Stream Netting

 


Jessica Reyes, Manager
Phone: 847.579.4182
jreyes@pdhp.org

Leah Holloway, Naturalist
Phone: 847.579.4184
lholloway@pdhp.org

Meghan Meredith, Naturalist
Phone: 847.579.4183
mmeredith@pdhp.org

Sue Monsen, Office Coordinator
Phone: 847.579.4181
smonsen@pdhp.org

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 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
$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, 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.

Please join us in 2017 for Picnic Rentals! Rentals are not available at this time.

Reserve a beachfront picnic area for your group.
Please note, picnic rentals are not available on holidays.

Rental Includes

  • Picnic area
  • Two picnic tables for up to 20 people
  • 2 hour rental time

Rental Fees

  • $45 nonrefundable rental fee
  • $50 daily damage deposit (refunded after party)

Rental Parking

Host will recieve up to 10 parking passes valid for the day of the event. Parking passes allow parking at the upper Rosewood parking lot only. All regular parking restrictions will remain in effect, click here for parking info.

Reservations can be made at Hidden Creek Aqua Park, 847.433.3170.  Please note, rentals are not available on holidays.

IC 9Interpretive Center Rentals

Hold your next event along the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan! The Rosewood Interpretive Center is the perfect spot for group meetings, family gatherings, or birthday parties and can accommodate up to 50 people.

Rental of the Interpretive Center includes:

  • Use of the surrounding deck & Nature Beach Cove (no swimming allowed)
  • Tables, chairs, refrigerator, WiFi, 70 inch monitor, Blu-ray player and sound system available for use inside the Center
  • An attendant present during the allotted rental time

Room Rental Fee

Fall, Winter Spring
Two hour minimum, daily until 10pm
Residents: $250/2 hours, $125/each additional hour
Nonresidents: $380/ 2 hours, $190/ each additional hour

Summer (Memorial Day Weekend Through Labor Day Weekend)
Two hour minimum Mon-Fri from 6-10pm, Sat-Sun from 7-10pm
Residents: $380/ 2 hours, $190/ each additional hour
Nonresident: $510/ 2 hours, $255/ each additional hour

F3Nature-Themed Birthday Parties

Enjoy a nature-themed birthday party led by a Heller Nature Center Naturalist. Choose from several age-appropriate themes including geology and habitat exploration. Parties are 1 ½ hours and include 30 minutes for the host to lead party activities on their own inside the Interpretive Center. Parties have a 15-20 child maximum. Most activities take place outside rain or shine. In the event of extreme weather, indoor activities are substituted.  Parties are available spring and fall.

Party Themes

  • Beach Explorers (Ages 4-5)
    Play games, build beach sculptures, write messages in the sand, find out who lives at the beach and more with our fun and interactive beach party! $290
  • Wonders of Water (Ages 4-5)
    Get wet and wild with our party that’s all about water! This party is filled with games, crafts and activities that all relate to water. $290
  • Rocks Rock (Ages 6-9)
    The beach is the best place to explore rocks and geology-they’re everywhere! This party is for the less active crowd who are more interested in playing in the sand, hunting for wishing rocks and fossils and getting a close-up, hands-on look at the different types of rocks that make up our beaches. $290
  • Beach Treasure Hunt (Ages 6-9)
    Discover the natural treasures of the beachfront with a scavenger hunt and interactive games and activities.  This party can have either a Pirate Adventure or Nature Explorer theme. $290
  • Geocaching (Ages 8-12)
    This party is for the avid explorers who want to discover a new hobby that can last a lifetime.  We’ll use GPS units to learn how to geocache, and then use our skills to find hidden caches all around the lakefront.  $290

Rental and Party Information

•Applications are processed on a first-come first serve basis. A resident may not be the applicant and/or payee for a nonresident.
•A special permit and proof of insurance is needed to serve alcohol. Alcohol must be kept in the designated area at all times.
•Park District sponsored activities have priority over other facility use.
•The time written on the application form is the approved rental time. Staff will set up tables and chairs. Renters may arrive 30 minutes prior to the rental time to deliver food, decorate, etc. A set up time longer than 30 minutes must be included on the Facility Rental/Use Contract and will be charged at the regular hourly rate.
•Swimming is only allowed in designed areas at designated dates and times.
•No glass containers are allowed outside of the Interpretive Center building and live animals are prohibited. Grills may not be brought in.
•All decorations, equipment and food may not be brought into the facility earlier than the approved rental time. The Park District cannot hold/store any items for future pickup. All decorations and equipment must be freestanding without attachment to walls, ceilings or floors.
•An additional 30 minutes after the rental time is reserved for cleanup. Groups staying beyond the 30 minutes will be charged for the full hour. Cleanup is the responsibility of the renter. Renter assumes responsibility for all actions of the group and usage of room and equipment.
•Smoking is not permitted anywhere on the grounds of Rosewood Beach, including all parking lots.
•Payment in full is required at the time of booking, along with the $250 refundable cleaning/security deposit.

Refund Policy

Rentals are 90% refundable if cancelled 10 or more working days prior to the rental date.

For further information contact:
Heller Nature Center | 847.433.6901.

Rental contract must be completed in person at:
Heller Nature Center
2821 Ridge Road.
Highland Park, IL 60035.
Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm

Rosewood Interpretive Center Rental Brochure

Lifeguards Need Your Help Too!

Keep yourself and your family safe around water, take note of these important water safety tips

Inclement Weather PolicyRosewoodOpening-57

Beach operating hours are subject to prevailing weather conditions, including electrical storms, wave conditions, and heavy rains. If lightning and/or thunder is seen/heard, the water and beach will be cleared and not re-open until 30 minutes pass without lightning and/or thunder. If inclement weather continues for a period longer than three hours, the beach will be closed for the remainder of the day.

Safety Regulations

• Climbing on rocks is prohibited
• Flotation devices are prohibited in the water.
• Glass containers are prohibited.
• Swim only during public swimming hours and in designated areas.
• Children under the age of 11 must be accompanied by an adult.
• Diving from the shoreline or rocks is prohibited.
• Please dispose of all litter in the receptacles provided.
For Public Safety Dogs are not allowed at Rosewood Beach – The new Rosewood Beach amenities are expected to increase the public’s use of the beach areas, and the presence of dogs and other pets creates a safety and sanitation concern. Therefore, for the safety and well-being of our beach visitors, dogs and other pets are not allowed at lower Rosewood beach including the boardwalk, bridges, and beach (per Park District Ordinance No. 15-04, section 2.03-e).

Lakefront ParkingRosewoodOpening-58

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. No exceptions.  For the complete lakefront parking chart, click here.


Water Quality

Beaches are tested on a daily basis for bacteria levels by the Lake County Department of Health. The tests are reviewed, and the Department of Health recommends whether the beaches should be open or closed. For the health and safety of our patrons, the Park District of Highland Park follows the recommendations made by the Lake County Department of Health.  Call the Lake County Health Department at 847.377.8030 for more information.

For current water temperatures, click here. Want to know if the beach open? Sign up for our free Rainout Line service.

Rosewood Beach parking, lifeguards, or other questions?

Contact:
Jon Pratscher, Manager 
Phone: 847.579.4142
jpratscher@pdhp.org