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Rosewood Beach

883 Sheridan Road
Highland Park, IL 60035
847.579.3165
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Rosewood Beach is open for restricted use.  For details, see the Rosewood Beach General Information page.

Due to COVID-19, some Park District facilities are closed and programs are canceled.  See updated information on facilities and programs, here.  

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NON-RESIDENT PARKING IS NOT PERMITTED ON JULY 4 IN THE UPPER AND LOWER PARKING LOTS.

 

NON-RESIDENT PASS IS REQUIRED AND IS NOT AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE ON JULY 4. 

 

Non-resident passes may be purchased on July 3 from 10 am – 2 pm at the Recreation Center of Highland Park, 1207 Park Ave. West, or during regular hours. (Mon-Th 6 am – 6 pm, and Fri-Sun 6 am – 2 pm)

Summer Season 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. 


Beach Safety Guidelines (based on DCEO regulations and for the health and safety of our community):

  •  Park Ambassadors are on duty to monitor beach capacity.  Before you leave for the beach, you can check Rosewood’s open status and current capacity level on our convenient Rainout Line.  You also have the option to sign up for the Rainout Line’s Rosewood Beach text or email alerts.  Colors on the Rainout Line signify the following:

                Red – beach is closed due hazardous conditions or is at maximum
                          capacity
                Green – beach is open and there is available capacity 

  • Family members from the same household may gather in groups of 10 people or less. The proper social distancing of at least six feet must always be maintained from anyone outside of your household.
  • Face masks are strongly encouraged and required in areas where social distancing of more than six feet is not possible, including the path, stairs, and boardwalk.
  • To ensure Rosewood Beach is enjoyable for all, visitors are expected to exhibit appropriate behavior at all times. It is required that all patrons adhere to our Behavior Management Policy. Your compliance is required and appreciated.

Post Season August 17 – September 7

Beach will be open for swimming on Saturdays and Sundays only following the same regular season guidelines. Swimming is not allowed on weekdays. 
 
Beach Hours: 7 am – 9 pm (gates close promptly at 9 pm) 
Guarded Swimming Hours: Saturdays and Sundays 10 am – 6 pm

Play It Safe at Parks and Beaches 

As a reminder, when in our parks and beaches: 

  • Practice social distancing by keeping at least six feet of distance between yourself and others who are not from your household
  • If social distancing is not feasible, masks or face coverings are required
  • If crowds are forming, move to another area or return another time/day to visit
  • To help make our programs and facilities enjoyable for all, participants and members are expected to exhibit appropriate behavior at all times. It is required that all patrons adhere to our Behavior Management Policy. This includes but is not limited to showing respect to all patrons and staff, abstaining from the use of abusive or foul language, refraining from causing bodily harm to themselves or others, respecting equipment, supplies, and facilities. Failure to follow these guidelines may result in permanent suspension of participation. To view the policy in its entirety, click here

 


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.


For information on the Rosewood Beach Sand Nourishment Project, click here

Rosewood Beach is a National Award Winning Beachasbpa_brb_2016

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 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, restrooms, 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.

Beach 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

Due to COVID-19, all beaches are closed for recreational use including boating, swimming, sunbathing, and other forms of congregating.  See updated information on facilities and programs, here.  

After School Programs

 

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

Check back with us soon to see the programs coming this fall!

 

 


Early Childhood Programs (4-year-olds) 

Introducing New ParkSchool Nature Programs!

The goal of the ParkSchool nature programs is for your 4-year-old to grow a strong sense of self, mindfulness, creativity, exploration and empathy in our connections to one another and the natural world. Classes spend every day outdoors learning in various environments, from the beaches and ravine of Rosewood to the woodland and prairie of Heller.  Nature is the driving force behind child-led learning through play, sensory, gross and fine motor activities and creative expression.

To learn more about ParkSchool Nature Programs, click here


Family, Adult and Youth Seasonal Programs

 

Join the fun at Rosewood Beach with Heller Nature Center staff as they lead a wide variety of programs for adults, children, and families!

 

 

Check out the list below of programs currently available.

Click on the links for more information or to register.

 

 

Family ProgramsYouth Programs
Shipwrecks and TreasuresSummer Seekers Mini Camp
Sun, Sand and Science

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 or to book a school program contact Meghan Meredith, mmeredith@pdhp.org 847.579.4183.

Preschool- Kindergarten

  • Earth Magic: fall/winter/spring (H)
  • Groundhog’s Great Tale: February (H)
  • Growing Up Flowers: spring (H) (S)
  • Rocks Rock!: fall/winter/spring (H) (R) (S)
  • Winter Nature Detectives: fall/winter (H( (S)

First-Second Grade

  • Busy as a Bee: fall (H)
  • Exploring Weather: fall (H)
  • Habitat: fall/spring (H)
  • Insects: fall/late spring (H)
  • Pond Study: late spring (Danny Cunniff Park)
  • Sun, Seeds and Salads: spring (H)

Third- Fourth Grade

  • Ecosystems: fall/spring (H) (R) (D)
  • Illinois Geology: fall/winter/spring (H) (R) (S)
  • Maple Syrup Harvest: March (R)
  • Plant-astic: spring/fall (H)
  • Prairie: early fall (H)

Fifth-Eighth Grade

  • Ravine Education:  fall/spring (R)
  • Teams Course: fall/spring (H)

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 offer a variety of established programs:

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

For more information or to book a scout/custom program, please contact Meghan Meredith mmeredith@pdhp.org, 847.579.4183.


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

Amy Banner, Naturalist
Phone: 847.579.4184
abanner@pdhp.org

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

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

City of Highland Park vehicle stickers are available for pick up at the Recreation Center of Highland Park (Mon-Th 6am-6pm and Fri-Sun 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.  

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 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

* City of Highland Park Vehicle Sticker

Vehicle stickers must be valid. Residents without a valid Highland Park vehicle sticker can pick one up at the Recreation Center of Highland Park. 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.

Available for pick up beginning June 4 at the Recreation Center of Highland Park
Mon-Th 6am-6pm
Fri-Sun 6am-2pm

*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 IDThose 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 – Sun 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 at the Recreation Center of Highland Park:
Mon-Th 6am-6pm
Fri-Sun 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 – Sun 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-Sun 6am-2pm

 

 

Due to COVID-19, all beaches are closed for recreational use including boating, swimming, sunbathing, and other forms of congregating.  See updated information on facilities and programs, here.  

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

  • $30 Resident Fee
  • $60 Non-Resident Fee
  • *Fees due at the time of booking

Registration Information

Registration requests must be made in-person at least 10 days prior to the picnic date to secure a permit. Open reservations start Monday, April 1. Park restrictions/limits, Park District programs events and type of use are taken into consideration for permit approvals.

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.

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Due to COVID-19, all beaches are closed for recreational use including boating, swimming, sunbathing, and other forms of congregating.  See updated information on facilities and programs, here 

Interpretive 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: $280/2 hours, $140/each additional hour
Nonresidents: $410/ 2 hours, $205/ 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: $410/ 2 hours, $205/ each additional hour
Nonresident: $540/ 2 hours, $270/ 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. Most activities take place outside rain or shine. In the event of extreme weather, indoor activities are substituted. Parties are available winter, spring and fall.

Party fees depend on number of participants; 1-20 participants $290; 21-30 participants $380; plus an additional $250 refundable cleaning/damage deposit. Party themes and fees are subject to change.

Beginning Dec 1st, click here to begin your online birthday party package confirmation and payment process!

Party Themes

  • Nature Scavenger Hunt (Ages 4-7)

Follow clues along the beach and ravine of Rosewood Beach to discover hidden treasures. 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!

  • Luau Party (Ages 4-10)

Luau fun for everyone! Make leis, watch an exploding volcano or be part of other exciting beach activities.

  • Pirate Party (Ages 4-10)

Show us your level of pirate fitness during exciting games of bury the treasure, three-legged race, ring toss and of course the ever-popular walk-the-plank.

  • Fairies, Gnomes and Trolls (Ages 4-10)

Hike the beach and ravine of Rosewood Beach with your friends and you may see a troll or fairy along the way. Children play games, go on a hunt for signs of magic and make a home in nature for our fairy, gnome or troll friends.

  • Treasure Hunters (Ages 4-10)

Rocks rock! Enjoy digging and searching 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. Have fun tossing and stacking rocks too.

  • Insects (Ages 4-10, available May-October only)

Learn what makes insects special by playing games and looking for insects under logs or in the sand and ravine of Rosewood Beach.

  • Mystery Animal (Ages 4-10)

Be an animal detective as you use clues to search for the mystery animal. The clues may lead you down a path you’ve never seen before. Bring your super sleuth skills.

  • Games and Relays (Ages 6-12)

For the active and competitive group, run and hide as fast as you can and play relay games with your friends. This party works well for any size group.

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 | 847.579-4181.

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

 

Lifeguards Need Your Help Too!

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

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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).

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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:
Kari Acevedo, Aquatics Manager
Phone: 847.579.4051
kacevedo@pdhp.org

Jenna Mastrolonardo, Aquatics Supervisor
Phone: 847.579.4050
jmastrolonardo@pdhp.org