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Rosewood Beach Information and Frequently Asked Questions

 

6/26/20 – Due to Restore Illinois Phase 4 social distancing restrictions,  Rosewood Beach has limited capacity at this time.   Before you head out to the beach, check our Rainout Line for updates on the capacity status at the beach. 

Park ambassadors are onsite at Rosewood Beach to monitor beach activities, enforce parking, policies, and ordinances. Patrons are required to practice social distancing and safety measures.  

 

Hours

Beach Hours: Dawn to Dusk 
Parking Hours:  7 am – 9 pm (gates close promptly at 9 pm)  See detailed parking details information below. 
Guarded Swimming Hours: Daily 10 am – 6 pm
Swimming Season: runs through August 16. 
Lap Swimming:  7 am-10 am in the swimming cove only. All others are welcome to visit the beach, however water access during these times are for lap swimming only. 
Recreational Water Access and Swimming: 10 am – 6 pm


Resident Parking & Beach Access

Free Resident Parking:  Available at the lower and upper parking lots seven days a week including holidays. (Highland Park City Vehicle Sticker required) 

Free Resident Beach Access:  Residents with a valid proof of residency; students of NSSD 112 or Highland Park High School with valid ID; and younger children with a resident parent will receive free access the beach. 

Resident Guest Beach Pass – Residents may invite a guest to the beach who is a non-resident.  When doing so, residents must park at the upper parking lot and purchase a Resident Guest Beach Pass at the auto-attendant (located at upper Rosewood by the stairs) for a $10 fee. Non-residents using the Resident Guest Beach Pass must be accompanied by a resident to access the beach. 


Non-resident Parking & Beach Access

Non-resident Parking: Upper lot  (after 12 pm, not including holidays).  Fee: $15/hour or $40/4 hours. (Fees are paid at the auto-attendant located at upper rosewood by the stairs.)

Non-resident beach parking is available at Ravinia School, located at 763 Dean Ave. 
Non-residents may also purchase a season lakefront parking sticker for $275, click here for details. 

Please Note:  Non-resident parking is not allowed at lakefront lots on holidays.

Non-resident Beach Access:  

Now through Thursday, July 2: Non-resident daily fee access is $10 per person.  Children 4 and under are free.  (Fees are paid at the auto-attendant located at upper rosewood by the stairs.)

Beginning Friday, July 3:  Non-resident daily fee access will be discontinued.  Non-resident season beach passes will be required.  The fee is $100 for an individual and $25  for each additional family member in the same household. Children 4 and under are free.  Non-resident season beach passes may be purchased at the Recreation Center of Highland Park, 1207 Park Ave. West (Mon-Th 6 am – 6 pm, and Fri-Sun 6 am – 2 pm).

Please note:  A season beach pass does not guarantee access to the beach due to capacity limits and does not include parking. 


Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a fee to visit Rosewood Beach? 

Residents may visit Rosewood Beach free of charge. 

Now through Thursday, July 2, non-resident daily fee access is $10 per person.  Children 4 and under are free.  (Fees are paid at the auto-attendant located at upper rosewood by the stairs.)

Beginning Friday, July 3, the non-resident daily fee access will be discontinued.  Non-resident season beach passes will be required.  The fee is $100 for an individual and $25  for each additional family member in the same household. Children 4 and under are free.  Non-resident season beach passes may be purchased at the Recreation Center of Highland Park, 1207 Park Ave. West (Mon-Th 6 am – 6 pm, and Fri-Sun 6 am – 2 pm). 

Please note:   A season beach pass does not guarantee access to the beach due to capacity limits and does not include parking. 

How do you check for residency before entering the beach?

Residents with a valid proof of residency, students of NSSD 112 or Highland Park High School with valid ID, and younger children with a resident parent will receive free access the beach. 

What criteria do you use for residency versus non-residency?

A Park District of Highland Park resident is anyone who lives within Park District  boundaries and pays Park District of Highland Park taxes including: residents of Fort Sheridan (60037); portions of the Town of Fort Sheridan that lie within Park District boundaries (60035); and Park District of Highland Park taxpayers who reside on the following Kings Cove (Deerfield) streets: Carriage Way, Bent Creek Ridge, Fox Hunt Trail, Millstone Road, Shag Bark Lane, Smoke Tree Road and Tanglewood Court. All other Deerfield street addresses and residents of Highwood do not pay Park District of Highland Park taxes and are, therefore, nonresidents of the Park District. Proof of Park District of Highland Park residency in the form of a valid Driver’s License or Illinois State ID may be required.

Why does the Park District of Highland Park allow access to non-residents at Rosewood Beach? 

With the renovation to Rosewood in 2015, the Park District of Highland Park accepted an Open Space Lands Acquisitions and Development (OSLAD) grant of $400,000 for the improvements at Rosewood beach. OSLAD grant requirements include that access to the beach must always be available to all individuals, regardless of residency.   

Is there a capacity limit at Rosewood Beach due to the COVID 19 Pandemic?

 Yes, at this time, the capacity is 275 people at one time.

Could I be turned away due to maximum capacity? 

 Yes, as part of the Restore Illinois Plan and due to social distancing mandates, we limit attendance at Rosewood Beach. If at any time we reach maximum capacity, we will let individuals in as other guests leave. Check the Park District of Highland Park Rainout line  for updates on capacity 

What are the parking restrictions? 

 The Lower Level Parking lot is available for resident parking only. The Upper Rosewood lot is available for residents anytime and is available for non-residents after noon seven days a week. The non-resident parking fee is $15/hour or $40/4 hours.  

Non-Residents may also purchase a lakefront seasonal parking pass for parking access to all Park District lakefront parks, including the upper lot at Rosewood Beach after 12 pm. The cost for the seasonal decal is $275. Non-resident parking is not allowed at lakefront lots on holidays.

What are the Rosewood Beach and Park hours:

The beach and park grounds are open from dawn to dusk every day. Gates for parking open at 7 am and close promptly at 9 pm. 

What are the designated swimming hours?

Early Morning Lap Swim is available from 7 am-10 am every day in the middle swimming cove. Regular swim hours are 10 am-6 pm every day and is available in the middle and south coves. Lifeguards are on duty during swimming hours. When lifeguards are not on duty, swimming is not allowed

Can I swim in the Interpretative Cove?

Our north cove is our nature interpretative cove. Patrons may use the beach area for sitting and enjoying nature, but swimming is not allowed in this cove. Please use only the middle and south coves for swimming.

Can I launch my paddleboard/kayak down from Rosewood Beach 

 No. The Park District of Highland Park only allows launches of Stand Up Paddleboards (SUP) or kayaks from its boating facility at Park Avenue. For information on seasonal passes to launch your SUP or kayak, please click here 

Is the playground on the beach or in upper Rosewood park open?  

 All public playgrounds are remaining closed. 

Are grills allowed at Rosewood Beach

 No, grills are not allowed

Will concessions be available? 

 The concession stand is not scheduled to open this year.

Can I bring food and coolers? 

Food and coolers are allowed. They are subject to inspection upon entry into the park and beach area.  

Is smoking or alcohol allowed at Rosewood Beach

 There is no vaping, smoking, or alcohol permitted at Rosewood Beach. All guests found in possession of alcohol are subject to fines and penalties set forth by local laws.

Are bathroom facilities available?

 Bathrooms are available on the boardwalk during operating hours. The bathrooms at the Interpretative Center will remain closed.

Are masks required to visit Rosewood Beach? 

 Masks are strongly encouraged until you reach your spot on the beach, and we ask that visitors wear face masks in areas where social distancing is not possible, such as the stairs to Rosewood. However, the Governor’s mandate does not require patrons to wear face masks in outdoor areas as long as social distancing is possible.


Play It Safe at Parks and Beaches 

As a reminder, when in our parks and beaches: