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Beach Access Guidelines & Rosewood Beach Extended Season

8/13/20 – Highland Park is one of the few communities in the area that is providing access to public beaches during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The Park District has instituted policies, safety guidelines and protocols to allow this recreational access for the well-being of our community.  

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

When visiting our beaches please be respectful of our neighbors and private property lines.  The boundaries of the Park District of Highland Park property are clearly marked at all our public beaches.  It is unlawful to go beyond those boundaries. 

We ask that you review the information below before visiting our beaches. Your cooperation and understanding will ensure we can continue to safely keep our beaches open for the remainder of the season.   

Rosewood Beach – NEW! Extended Swimming Season 

Beach Access: Residents and Non-residents are permitted. 

Capacity:  275 people (beach access will be closed when at capacity.  Before heading to the beach, check our Rainout Line for capacity and water condition status. 

Regular Swimming Season (now through August 23) 
Mon-Sun:  7 am-10 am lap swim
                     10 am-6 pm open/recreational swimming 

Monday, August 24- Labor Day  
    Weekdays: Lap Swim only 7 am – 10 am. No recreational swimming allowed.
    Weekends: 7 am – 10 am lap swim, 10 am – 6 pm open/recreational swimming 

Post Season (September 8- September 27) 
    Weekdays:  No swimming allowed.   
    Weekends: 10 am – 6 pm open/recreational swimming 

Beach Hours: Dawn to Dusk 
Guarded Swimming Hours: Daily 10 am – 6 pm
Lap Swimming:  7 am-10 am in the swimming cove only. Water access during these times is for lap swimming only. 
Recreational Water Access and Swimming: 10 am – 6 pm

Parking:  7 am – 9 pm (gates close promptly at 9 pm)   

For additional information on Rosewood Beach and our FAQ, click here

Millard Beach

Beach Access:  Resident only.  A Resident ID or beach wristband is required to access beach.   Children 4 and under may access beach with a resident parent.   Residents who do not have an ID can visit the Recreation Center of Highland Park and receive a free beach wristband for the summer.  This wristband should be worn to the beach to receive access at Rosewood and Millard Beaches.  Proper identification from a parent is required to receive the wristband. Non-residents guests may access beach only when accompanied by a Resident.
Capacity: 75 people (beach access will be closed when at capacity.  Before heading to the beach, check our Rainout Line for capacity and water condition status. 
Swimming:  This is a no swimming beach.  Wading up to your waist is  permitted when a beach staff member is present, and the water is safe. 
Parking: The parking lot is closed to both Residents and Non-residents.

Park Avenue North Beach

Beach Access:  Residents and Non-residents are permitted.  No ID required. 
Capacity: 100 people (beach access will be closed when at capacity.  Before heading to the beach, check our Rainout Line for capacity and water condition status. 
Swimming: This is a no swimming beach.  Wading up to your waist is permitted only when a beach staff member is present, and the water is safe.  The parking lot is free for Residents.  Non Residents can purchase a seasonal parking decal. 

Moraine Beach

 This is a dog beach.  Currently this beach is closed for safety reasons, due to the path experiencing significant erosion.