Forest Park Beach Pathway Project
Fundraising in underway to re-imagine and build a safe and beautiful pathway at Forest Park Beach that residents and families will enjoy for years to come.
Watch the video below for a virtual tour of the ADA-accessible and stroller-friendly boardwalk the Forest Park Beach Pathway Project plans to make a reality!
A BRIEF HISTORY
- The wooden boardwalk at the south end of Forest Park Beach opened in 1987.
- In 2018, the boardwalk was closed due to deterioration and removed. Recreation staff and community stakeholders met at the South Pavilion and shared their thoughts and ideas for replacing the boardwalk.
- 2019: Due to damage from storms and flooding, the focus shifted to the North Beach Access Road and Bluff Restoration.
- 2022: Plans and proposed costs submitted for the new pathway design.
- 2023: Fundraising is underway to rebuild and re-imagine the boardwalk.
- This project presents a unique opportunity to provide a new pathway that is safe, functional, ADA compliant, and a beautiful asset to Forest Park Beach.
- With support from private donors and the City of Lake Forest, the community will enjoy this enhancement to the bluff for generations to come.
- Walking access between Forest Park bluff and the beach.
- ADA-compliant access for persons with disabilities.
- Easy access for strollers, wagons, etc.
- The construction materials are wood and steel.
- Landscaping will complement and carry the aesthetic of Forest Park Beach.
- The pathway will start at the upper south parking lot and end at the playground.
- There will be two overlooks to rest and enjoy the view.
WAYS TO DONATE
Donations of any amount are welcome and appreciated!
Mail: Mail your donation (payable to The Friends of Lake Forest Parks & Recreation Foundation) to 400 Hastings Rd, Lake Forest, IL 60045.
Online: Donate now!
Friends of Lake Forest Parks & Recreation Foundation
- Rick Amos
- Kendall Davis
- Nicole Fabiano-Oertel
- Pat Hoch
- PJ O'Neil
Parks & Recreation Staff:
- Sally Swarthout, Director of Lake Forest Parks & Recreation, email@example.com
For more information, visit the project webpage on the Lake Forest Parks & Recreation website.