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Rosewood Beach & the Interpretive Center

Thursday, December 06, 2012

The story of how an unwanted facility is being forced upon the tax paying public

In 1988 Highland Park residents voted down an ambitious lakefront plan proposed by the Park District of Highland Park (PDHP). In 2008, Highland Park residents voted down another ambitious lakefront plan proposed by the park district. In 2010, the PDHP prepared yet another lakefront proposal. Their proposed plan presented in 2010 was still ambitious, yet their focus upon a single beach rather than the entire Highland Park lakefront would render the public's opinion on the development inconsequential (or nearly so). This time around, there was no need for a referendum to raise funds. Twenty millions dollars had been amassed within the park district's reserve funds. With this level of cash reserves, the PDHP could cover more than just emergency repairs. By consolidating efforts upon a single beach -- Rosewood Beach -- it was now possible to erect (if not maintain) what the PDHP's executive director confirmed would be a "signature facility", funds in hand, with no need of a referendum or input from the public.  Read More

Open Letter to the Highland Park City Council

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

From The Ravinia Neighbors Association Governing Board

Dear City of Highland Park Council Members,

As the Park District of Highland Park (PDHP) comes before the city commissions and your council seeking accommodation for their proposed Interpretative Center (IC) at Rosewood Beach, we would like to ask that the city heed the wishes of the public, protect Highland Park's only swim beach and protect the safety and well being of the public that uses the swim beach. Though the Park District has chosen to ignore a large majority of those speaking out at public meetings, writing emails and signing petitions, it is our hope that the City Council, having no other agenda but to serve the citizens of Highland Park, will consider the complaints the citizens have against the IC and the ways in which this proposed facility is detrimental to Rosewood Beach. Read More

Open Letter to the Park District Board of Highland Park Illinois

Saturday, June 30, 2012

From The Ravinia Neighbors Association Governing Board

Dear Park District of Highland Park Board Members,

As the PDHP Board approaches their vote regarding proposed Rosewood Beach improvements, the Ravinia Neighbors Association Board, which enthusiastically endorses proposed beach improvements -- other than the Interpretive Center -- would like to present its summary position.  Read More

Is Rosewood Beach Ready for a Big Building?

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

By Annette Jacobson

If you live in Highland Park and drive a daily commute over frequently congested highways, behind gas-spewing trucks on crowded hot tarmac city streets, you may, on a weekend in spring, think of finding comforting relief from the mind-bending daily slog at a close-by naturally benign environment at the lake. Read More

The Waves Roll in and the Bluffs Reside: The RNA and the Beach

Friday, September 30, 2011

By Lynne Jungman

Maybe nothing reflects the spirit of a person more than a large body of water, except perhaps the ever-changing heavens. Both can be calm and serene, playful and capricious, solemn and gray, thunderously angry and lashing out, sometimes dangerous and destructive: yes, just like us. So we have this wondrous natural gift called Lake Michigan with all its moods. We go to it for meditation, to get solace, to work out a pressing problem, or just for fun and frolic. And for that we don't need an imposing building or year-round edifice. Read More

Further Information and Expanded Petition Position

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

As of the summer of 2011, the Park District has turned its attention, for the third time in recent years, to the development of Rosewood Beach and a task force has been appointed to help select the architectural firm for the project. Once the architectural firm is selected and the design is completed, construction will quickly commence. The Park District has adequate funds for development for this single beach and will not need to pass a referendum. (A first proposal to develop Rosewood Beach, along with other HP beaches, failed to pass a public referendum in November of 2008.) Read More

Rosewood Beach Needs Improvement

Friday, August 12, 2011

Sadly, Highland Park public lakefront stands out of all Chicago’s North Shore public beaches by its level of neglect. The biggest eye sore on Rosewood Beach are the unsightly industrial looking steel groins extending into the lake. The groins were placed in the 1970s to help prevent beach erosion. Yet, today there are more attractive ways that can avoid this kind of visual pollution. (Please share your comments at the end of this post.)

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