Elder Lane Park
299 Sheridan Road, Winnetka, IL 60093
East of Sheridan Road at Elder Lane
4.56 acres (Neighborhood Park)
Structure: Beach House
- Acquired: 1920-1946. Purchased from Village of Winnetka & various families
Elder Lane Park lies along Lake Michigan just north of Centennial Park. The park is comprised of two general areas, the upper bluff and the beach. The majority of the upper bluff consists of a large lawn area for games, picnics, and admiring the views over Lake Michigan. To the south, a playground provides activities for tots and older children. Parking for 65 cars is also available. Other features include picnic tables and a sculpture patio.
The beach is accessed either by concrete stairs or an accessible service drive from the parking lot. A masonry beach house, which includes a multipurpose room and restrooms, sits above the swimming beach. A concrete pier that projects into Lake Michigan provides great views of the lakefront. Additional amenities include a beach spray pole, a picnic patio adjacent to the beach house, and a shower pole to wash the sand off.