Winnetka Park District Lakefront Update
As of 5/10/13
Your patience has been appreciated during the months of extensive review and monitoring of Lloyd boat launch.
Good news has appeared to arrive in the form of favorable water depth and related conditions desired to enable full boat launch operations.
This positive change has resulted in the Park District’s decision to conduct the necessary annual dredging and related work to prepare for opening the boat launch to normal operations, including accommodating powered vessels (boats and personal watercraft).
The opening of the 2013 boating season is planned for Memorial Day weekend, Saturday. May 25.
However, the unprecedented sand topography and water levels have potential risk for rapid and significant changing conditions. The uniqueness of potentially varying conditions, will limit the District’s financial commitment to this pre-season dredge and related efforts to open and operate the launch.
The District will continue to discuss and address additional longer term measures and solutions to best meet the challenges of the lakefront and boat launch, including but not limited to;
- On-going dialogue with private beach residents to the North regarding sand removal
- On-going dialogue with Village officials regarding sand removal at Tower Road breakwater
- Master plan development
It is also expected that the historic low Lake Michigan water levels and the on-going threat of migrating sand from the North will continue to provide some potential challenges to this season’s boat launch operation. In that regard, the opening and continuation of the boating operation season will be CONDITIONAL, as determined by Park District staff and Board. This conditional use will be based on the ability to maintain favorable weather related lakefront conditions affecting the launch and pier area, and enabling a safe ingress/egress access and environment.
Please be advised;
- Season boat passes will be sold on a non-refundable basis
- Potentially lower than normal boat entry/exit landing ramp water depth….(be keenly aware and follow the signage and staff direction) related to the end of the (trailer drop-off point)
- Lower than normal water depth and sand formations as you enter and exit the launch area (be sure to follow the designated marked area)
- Lloyd beach can be a busy and high traffic area (on land and water)…and requires awareness and courtesy to the wide variety of boat/beach users and boating experience levels (both motorized and non-motorized vessels)
- Boat launch Operating rules…are designed for the SAFE, and enjoyable experience of ALL
- will be strictly enforced by WPD staff, Winnetka Police and/or Coast Guard, when necessary
- are available at time of registration—and require pass holder signature agreement
- will be clearly posted on-site and available in written form at Lloyd
- limit the size of power boats authorized to use the launch to 24’ in length
Last, and in an effort to assure a controlled and organized REGISTRATION process, the following procedure and TIMELINE has been established.
· Application form and fees are available on our website (www.winpark.org) or at the Administrative Office
· In-person registration, with a “one-time” photo required.
- This will enable the issuance of a FOB pass, and more effectively monitor authorized resident and non-resident use of the facility
- RESIDENT (power boat)- beginning Monday, May 13
- FENCED-IN-Please contact John Shea to coordinate a date and time when you can store your boat at Lloyd.
- RESIDENT (PWC) – beginning Wednesday, May 15
- NON-RESIDENT (power boat) – beginning Monday, May 20
- NON-RESIDENT (PWC) – beginning Wed, May 22. Last year’s pass holders have first priority. Limited to 20 passes.
If you have any questions or if we can be of further assistance please contact John Shea (847-501-2040) or firstname.lastname@example.org.
As of 4/29/13
Since January, 2013, the Park District staff and consulting group of Shabica & Associates have been closely monitoring Lloyd beach and boat launch, due to unprecedented and historic low Lake Michigan water levels.
There is a pending recommendation to limit the launch activity to non-motorized vessels for the 2013 season due to insufficient water depths not enabling safe ingress/egress of the pier/launch area.
On April 25, 2013 a Park Board Committee of the Whole was conducted at 4:30 pm, followed by a regular meeting of the Park Board. The main topic of the committee meeting was discussing the ongoing challenges facing the lakefront, and its potential affect on the operation of Lloyd Boat Launch for this upcoming summer. The Park District, consultant, Mr. Jon Shabica provided an information report update regarding the issue.
WPD 4/25/2013 Lakefront Update
Due to the recent storms and heavy rains raising Lake Michigan water levels an estimated 11 inches, as well as shifting sand patterns in and around the launch area, there has been some improvement in water depth and sand conditions. These improved conditions have resulted in a recommendation for Shabica & Associates to continue to monitor the launch area and provide an updated recommendation at the May 9, 2013 Park Board Committee meeting at 5:30 pm.
Please stay up to date with the decision by bookmarking this page or by calling John Shea at 847-501-2072 for more information.
The Winnetka Park District Board of Commissioners will take offical action for the 2013 boating season at the April 25, 2013 meeting. See letter below for details.
April 15 - Lakefront Users Letter
A town hall meeting was held on Thursday, February 21, 2013 in the Winnetka Park District community room at 7:00 pm. The main purpose was to review and share information regarding the current lakefront conditions, and proposed impact on our beach and boat launch operations for the summer of 2013.
A Summary/Recap of the 2/21 Lakefront Meeting
- A Power Point Presentation (see link below) by Winnetka Park District's consultant, Shabica & Associates. They have been engaged to conduct a thorough study of beach-sand/water conditions in and around the Winnetka Park District boat launch facility. Additional information is being gathered on potential impacts on our swimming beaches.
- An initial inspection and follow up observations are expected to result in recommendations for possible improvements or modifications that affect the Lloyd beach/boat launch operation for the 2013 season.
- A more specific timeline for this determination will be forthcoming in the very near future (expected to not exceed beyond/no later than April 15, 2013).
- Lake Michigan is recording historic record low water levels.
- This unique natural phenomenon has been primarily due to a combined result of changing weather patterns. These conditions continue to include past summer droughts, and current extremely mild (low precipitation) winter seasons.
- Several severe storms, including the after effect of Super Storm Sandy this past October that has resulted in major shifts and relocations of sand, seriously affecting our Winnetka Park District community lakefront properties, but those all along the Lake Michigan shoreline.
- Residents may have observed or experienced a significant difference in the physical appearance and environment of our community beaches and lakefront. Most notable of these changes are the expanding shoreline of beach extending further east into the lake.
- The other major factors include massive migrations of sand which have accumulated in and around several Winnetka lakefront property structures, including Lloyd boat launch.
- Without massive natural (weather/storm related movement) or physical relocation, this accumulation of sand has a potential adverse affect on the launch operations.
Lloyd Launch Pass Sales
2013 Summer Lloyd Launch Pass Sales will be postponed until after the April 25, 2013 Park Board meeting. Passes include all Beach Launch Season Passes, all Pier Launch Season Passes, Rack Storage Passes, and Fence-In Storage.
Long Range Plan
While the study with Shabica and Associates is focused on short term options and solutions, the District is also in the formative stages of consideration for a long-range master lakefront plan. As this process develops, an important element in the planning process will include community participation when helping to shape the future of our community’s valuable lakefront resources.