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Our beaches are now closed for the season. 
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Due to COVID-19, many of our facilities are closed, and programs are canceled.  See updated information on facilities and programs here.

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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.  Before heading to the beach, please review this important information. 

 

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. 
Millard Beach A non-swimming beach for passive recreation.
Moraine Beach  Dog beach and a non-swimming beach for passive recreation. Please Note: Dog Beach is closed indefinitely.
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?

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 the lake level is a normal process for the Great Lakes.  For more information on Lake Michigan’s shoreline and the Park District of Highland Park’s Sand Nourishment Project at Rosewood Beach, click here.

Lakefront Parking

Lakefront parking is limited and parking permits and/or resident vehicle stickers are required.  See the chart and details below. 

2019-20 City of Highland Park vehicle stickers (stickers expire Sept 2020) are available for pick up at the Recreation Center of Highland Park (Mon-Th 6am-6pm and Fri 6am-2pm).  A valid Driver’s License or Illinois State ID is required for proof of residency. Limit one City of Highland Park vehicle sticker per Driver’s License/State ID.  If you wish to pick up stickers for more than one vehicle, you must present valid Highland Park vehicle registration documentation for each vehicle. 

 

Parking is allowed during posted times. Gates will close promptly at the time indicated. The Park District will not be responsible for vehicles in lots after posted gate closure time. Vehicles will be available for retrieval the following day. The 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.

 Rosewood BeachPark Avenue
Boating Facility
Moraine BeachCentral Park
(upper park)
Millard Park
Residents
City of Highland Park Vehicle Sticker*North Lot:
City of Highland Park Vehicle Sticker*
South Lot:
Park Avenue Season Parking Decal Σ
City of Highland Park Vehicle Sticker*City of Highland Park Vehicle Sticker*City of Highland Park Vehicle Sticker*
Non-residents
• Non-resident daily fee parking at Rosewood is only available in the upper lot after noon
• Non-resident daily parking is not available on holidays except for those with a season parking pass for the Park Ave. South Lot
$40 per 4 hours or
$15 per hour in upper lot only; Pay for parking in upper lot at auto-attendant
Lakefront Season Parking Decal Π (Upper Rosewood Lot only)
North Lot:
Lakefront Season Parking Decal Π
South Lot:
Park Avenue Season Parking Decal Σ
Lakefront
Season Parking
Decal Π
Lakefront
Season Parking Decal Π
Lakefront
Season Parking
Decal Π

 

*Resident Parking Sticker (for those Park District tax paying residents not living within the city of Highland Park)

Park District of Highland Park tax paying residents not living within the city of Highland Park may pick up a lakefront resident parking sticker at the Recreation Center of Highland Park. A valid Driver’s License or State ID is required. Limit one lakefront resident parking sticker per Driver’s License/State ID. Those Park District residents outside of Highland Park include 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.

Lakefront resident parking sticker available for pick up at the Recreation Center of Highland Park
Mon – Th 6am-6pm
Fri  6am-2pm

Π  Lakefront Season Parking Decal

$275
The Lakefront Season Parking decal is for non-residents.  Parking is allowed during posted times, excluding holidays, through Dec 31, 2020. Valid at the Upper Lot at Rosewood Park, Moraine Beach, Millard Park, Central Park and Park Avenue (North Lot only).

Limit one lakefront resident parking sticker per Driver’s License/State ID.
Available for pick up beginning June 4 at the Recreation Center of Highland Park:
Mon-Th 6am-6pm
Fri 6am-2pm

Σ Park Avenue Boating Facility Season Parking Decal

$135 Resident / $215 Non-resident
Parking is allowed during posted times.
Decal is included with season boating storage and/or launch pass. One per boater.
Parking decal required for access to boating facility. All watercraft of any type must be launched from boating facility.

How to get your Park Avenue Boating Facility decal:
1. For Returning Boaters who have purchased their passes online by June 11, your parking decal will be available for pick up at the Recreation Center of Highland Park:
Mon-Th 6am-6pm
Fri  6am-2pm

2. Starting June 12, you may also purchase decals in-person at the Recreation Center of Highland Park:
Mon-Thu 6am-6pm
Fri 6am-2pm