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North Beach Access Road Construction, Bluff Restoration, and South Beach Parking Plan for Summer 2019
 
Thank you for your patience during the North Beach Access Road Project
 
On March 4, 2019, the City Council approved an agreement for the restoration of the failed bluff along the North Beach Access Road. The project will begin this month, with the majority of the work being completed by the end of September 2019 (weather permitting). To register for weekly email updates on the project, please sign up for Construction Updates at www.cityoflakeforest.com
 
Please understand that this summer’s reconstruction of the Access Road/Bluff and parking plan is much larger in scope than 2018. In 2018, the road was closed on June 28, which was close to halfway through our summer beach season. This year we had the opportunity to put a plan in place ahead of the season opening. Last summer there were 9,757 cars and 16,947 beach visitors that utilized the lower south parking lot on weekends and holidays from June 28 - September 3, 2018. It is our goal to minimize the impact of traffic and congestion while keeping the beach and sail/power boating operations safe and open for all. We will be open to adjustments to the parking plan as the season progresses and construction moves forward.   
 
The Parks and Recreation Board and City Council, as well as representatives from Police, Fire, Streets, and Parks & Recreation staff have discussed the situation at length and have approved what is believed to be the safest plan, which will best manage beach/boating/parking facilities and resident expectations.
 
Construction Traffic:
The City anticipates a large amount of truck traffic on Deerpath to access the construction site. 
Trucks will enter Lake Forest from Route 41 east to Westleigh Road to Sheridan Road north to Deerpath east to Lake Road, whereby no railroad crossings or school traffic will be impacted. 
 
Differences you will see this year include:
1. Clear signage and communications outlining this summer’s changes.
2. Increased staff availability at entrance points to answer questions and direct traffic. 
3. Police support to manage traffic and safety.
4. Road Closures / New Configuration which impact traffic and parking:
 
Lake Road will be closed going north at Deerpath.
Due to construction and truck traffic, there will be no parking available on the city streets as there was last year.  
The Ring Road will be closed at the north end for reconstruction of the bluff, so there is no place for cars to safely exit that area. Using the grass area or parts of Forest Park for parking was discussed but since there is no way to exit safely, this idea is not feasible. 
The upper south lot can only accommodate 15 cars.  It will be used for staff parking and to manage turnaround traffic.   
 
Beach Parking:
For 2019, a new beach parking plan and beach parking regulations will be in place and has been approved by the Lake Forest Parks and Recreation Board as well as The Lake Forest City Council.  The goal of the parking plan is to provide a safe waterfront environment, exceptional customer service, meet resident expectations, and to best manage staff and beach/parking facilities. Even after the north beach access road failed in the summer of 2018, almost 24,000 vehicles parked at the south parking lot, and Lake Forest beach hosted nearly 47,000 guests. The City will communicate the beach parking plan through the summer Dialogue newsletter, marketing, print and social media, web sites, email notifications, signage, and information made available at City buildings.
 
Summer 2019 beach parking will be limited to the South Beach Lot with the following criteria:
 
Weekday Parking: 
Lower south beach parking lot will be open to all residents with a City of Lake Forest vehicle sticker.
Middle row parking will be reserved for trailer, boat storage, and watercraft permits. 
We will open spots in the middle row to residents and park two cars per space if available. 
Non-residents will be directed to park at the East Train Station.
 
Weekend & Holiday Parking:
Lower south beach parking lot will be open to all residents with a City of Lake Forest vehicle sticker from 6:00am – 9:00am and from 5:00pm to close to accommodate residents walking in the morning or enjoying dinner or the evening hours at the beach. 
At 9:00am, first priority parking will go to south beach access (as space is available) and watercraft permitted vehicles. 
Lake Forest Residents: Parking for vehicles with a City of Lake Forest sticker is behind Deerpath Middle School.  Shuttle service will be provided to and from the south beach parking lot continuously from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. 
Non-Residents: Parking will be available at the Deerpath Middle School lot after the non-resident fee of $15.00 per person is paid at the Recreation Center and wristbands are obtained. Shuttle service will be provided to and from the south beach parking lot continuously from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Non-residents may also park at the East LF Train Station.
Once the season is underway, adjustments may be made.  If it becomes clear that the lower south parking lot has space availability on the weekends and holiday, parking may be opened up to residents with City of Lake Forest vehicle stickers. Overflow parking will remain at Deerpath Middle School. 
Middle row parking will be reserved for trailers. 
 
Other: 
On July 4, the parking and shuttles will run from the Lake Forest High School East Campus parking lot, not Deerpath Middle School, due to the Festival & Fireworks event being held there.  
The top south parking lot will be designated for beach staff only.
Signage will be added in key locations regarding parking and the shuttle service.
Bicycle racks will be available at both staircase entrances. 
Uber can be utilized and beach goers can be dropped off at the Upper South Lot drop off area. 
Handicapped parking will be available in the lower south parking lot.  
Anyone with a LF vehicle sticker may drop off people and/or equipment at the lower south lot.  
Residents with City of Lake Forest vehicle stickers bringing in a paddleboard or kayak on the weekend from offsite will be issued a temporary parking pass at the facility.
We are looking at additional options for storage so residents can keep large, bulky items at the beach.
Strollers are allowed on the shuttle bus, but keep in mind that the aisles are narrow. 
For family safety, please be aware that the south lot is typically reserved for boaters and there are cranes and other heavy equipment being used to launch boats. Stick together and make sure everyone in your group is aware of their surroundings. 
Golf cart transportation between the south beach pavilion and the north pavilion swimming area will be provided.
Pedestrian traffic will access the beach from the north belvedere stairway and the south wooden stairway. 
Caretaker passes, daily boat launch passes, and guest parking passes will continue to be issued for weekdays only (not on weekends or holidays).
All beach pavilion and fire circle rentals have been temporarily suspended for the summer.  Any existing rentals of these facilities will be honored.
All emergency vehicles will access the lakefront from the south parking lot unless access from the north lot is available.
 
We are pleased that our residents will still be able to spend their summer enjoying the beach and our beautiful lakefront during construction.  Although this summer poses a challenge, we promise to keep the public updated and we are excited to see the final result!
 

Umbrella & Tent Policy


Forest Park Beach

Visitors to this 29 acre park can enjoy the large beach and grass areas, swimming and other water activities. Open year round, park amenities include sheltered pavilions, a fishing pier, boat launching ramp and storage area, walking paths and a concession stand open during the summer months. Sailing classes and camps, sailboat and kayak rentals, volleyball nets, and grills are just some of the amenities available through the Lake Forest Parks and Recreation Department.
 
2019 Schedule:
 
Lifeguards are on duty daily from 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. on the following dates:
 
May 25-27
June 1 - August 18
August 24-25
August 31 - September 2
 
Lake Forest residents can reserve beach facilities. A valid Lake Forest vehicle license is required for parking in any beach lot.
 
Concessions, Beer and Wine Sales at the Beach
Please stop by the Kemper Beverage Cart and enjoy a glass of wine or beer on our beautiful lakefront this summer. Service available in the designated area, weather permitting. Schedule subject to change. 
 
Lake Forest Resident Identification
Residents will be required to show proof of City of Lake Forest residency at all entrances to the facility. Appropriate forms of identification include drivers license, state ID, school ID, Lake Forest water bill or a Forest Park Beach ID.  Proof of Lake Forest residency will be required for everyone using the beach facilities. Resident children who need identification can obtain a Forest Park Beach Identification card at the Lake Forest Recreation Center (400 Hastings Road) between the hours of  8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday – Saturday.
 
Beach Water Quality
You can monitor the Beach Water Quality through this link provided by the Lake County Health Department. The water quality status is updated on a daily basis. A green indicator shows that a beach is open, and a red indicator shows that a beach is closed.  For additional information, call the Forest Park Beach Hotline at (847) 234-6702 and press 8.
 
Non-Resident Usage
The non-resident usage fee of $15/person / day will go into effect Memorial Day weekend. This usage fee will be charged on Saturday, Sundays and holidays for the 2019 beach season. This fee is non-refundable. Non-residents are not allowed to park in any Forest Park Parking lot without a seasonal parking permit.
 
Lake Forest Boating Center
For just a small fee, you can use one of our single or double kayaks, 420 sailboats and paddleboards to get on the water! All equipment is on a first come first serve basis. It is located at cell 4 next to the Boat Pavilion. Just show up at the beach and let our staff set you up!!! Hours 10am-6pm Monday - Sunday. Contact the office at 847.615.4592 for more information.
 
Resident Guest Passes
Lake Forest residents can purchase a Guest Beach Parking Pass for $10, limit 5 times per year. Pass must be purchased by a Lake Forest Resident at the Recreation Center. 
Watercraft Usage Fees and Membership
Purchase your boating center membership pass at the Recreation Center. All persons whom are part of a membership must be present at the Recreation Center to have their pass created (this can be at separate times). In order to use a watercraft at the Lake Forest Boating Center, members must have their pass with them.
 
Fees:
Family Pass  $400
Couple Pass  $320
Adult Individual Season Pass  $200
Youth Pass (Ages 8-17)  $125
5 Use Punch Card $175*
One Time Use  (90 Minutes)   $50

 

 

 

 


Beach Pavilion Rentals

Pavilion rentals are from September 3 - Nov. 1, 2019, due to the closure of the North Beach Rd.

Please be aware of the parking restrictions listed below. 

The South Pavilion, Boat Pavilion, and Fire Circle are available for party rentals except on holidays and holiday weekends. Lake Forest Residents may rent either of these pavilions for a 4-hour time frame at a $100 rental fee with a $150 refundable litter deposit. The North Pavilion is for drop-in use only and is not available for rental. For further information regarding pavilion rentals please call Aaron Dalzot, Program Manager at 847-810-3930.

The Fire Circle which is located on the lower level of Forest Park, north of the Sailboat Compound, in the upper grass area can be rented in the same manner as the South and Boat Pavilions. It is reminiscent of the original Jens Jensen Council Ring familiar in and popular with the North Shore communities. It is the perfect setting for fireside discussions and stories. The Fire Circle is a stand alone rental and it requires a Burn Permit obtained from the Lake Forest Fire Department.

Rental of the Boat Pavilion or Fire Circle will include up to 5 free parking passes and the rental of the South Pavilion will include up to 10 free parking passes. Applicants may apply for up to 5 more passes at $10 per pass as part of their rental. Changes are reflected on the application.

Forest Park Beach Pavilion Reservation Form
Forest Park Beach Pavilion Regulations


Beach Parking

The North Lot is closed.  Please see Important Notice at top of page.

Your City of Lake Forest vehicle sticker allows residents access to parking at Forest Park Beach in either the North or Top South Parking Lots ONLY. These stickers are available for purchase at the Municipal Services Building between 8:30AM and 4PM Monday through Friday or online at www.CityofLakeForest.com.

Non-residents may purchase an annual Non-resident Beach Parking Permit to park in the North Parking Lot at the Municipal Services, 800 N. Field Drive for $938 between 8:30AM and 4PM Monday through Friday.

 

 

THE CITY OF LAKE FOREST
220 E. Deerpath, Lake Forest, IL 60045
(847) 234-2600
Non-Emergency Police:  (847) 234-2601

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