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Lakefront Planning & Projects

Our lakeshore, bluffs, ravines, and public parks physically define Highland Park. The Park District maintains four lakefront properties that offer public access to this magnificent shoreline: Millard, Moraine, Park Avenue Boating Facility, and Rosewood. Each lakefront property provides a unique mix of ecological, recreational, aesthetic and educational value that is an integral part of the historical, cultural and natural resources of Highland Park.

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In 2007 the Park District completed the first Lakefront Master Plan in collaboration with the City and the community. The Lakefront Master Plan looked at the four lakefront properties individually and holistically. In 2020 the Park District updated the plan based on community input and lakefront activity from 2017 – 2020.

Click here to read through the plan.

In 2020 the Park District was awarded a grant from the Illinois Coastal Management Program to conduct a Beach Management Plan to recommend achievable operations and maintenance strategies to respond to climate change effects at Park District lakefront properties. The Park District is working with coastal engineers and regional experts to develop strategies tailored to each unique property.  Watch the video below to learn more about the plan and share your comments.

The Park District of Highland Park Beach Management Plan is supported by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources’ Coastal Management Program through a federal grant from the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce.

 

Please send questions and comments to planning@pdhp.org. Comments on the plan will be accepted through March 18th 2021.

Click here to flip through the presentation document.

Current and ongoing planning efforts and projects at Park Ave Boating Facility. Click the links below to learn more.

Current and ongoing planning efforts and projects at Rosewood Beach. Click the links below to learn more.

Moraine Beach is a dog beach and a non-swimming beach for passive recreation. Record-setting, heavy rainfall in spring 2019 caused portions of the ravine path leading to beach to fail. For our residents and dog beach pass holders’ safety, the path and access to the dog beach were closed.

In summer 2019, Park District began working with engineering firms, contractors, and the US Army Corps of Engineers to investigate numerous repair approaches and reopen the path and Dog Beach. In early 2020, an engineering firm was hired to develop preliminary site improvement plans. Those plans were presented to the Park Board in August 2020. After careful consideration, the Park Board elected to defer the final design phase to a future year.

Repair of the beach access path is a goal in the Lakefront Master Plan Update. The project’s final design is included in the 2021 Capital Plan, with construction scheduled for 2022. The project will be brought back to the Board in the summer of 2021 for their consideration to move forward.