Winnetka Waterfront 2030 Plan

In conjunction with residents and lakefront experts, the Winnetka Park District developed and adopted the Winnetka Waterfront 2030 plan in 2016. This plan is meant to serve as a conceptual guide for future projects that preserve and enhance our five beaches. Click here to read the full plan.

In 2018, consultants, the park board, and staff took the concepts outlined in the Waterfront 2030 plan and developed a definitive implementation strategy for each beach. The implementation strategies utilize a tiered approach that allows projects to be executed in smaller and more feasible increments, while still building towards the overall vision outlined in the Waterfront 2030 plan.

Two open houses were held and an online survey was deployed in March of 2019 to communicate the implementation strategy and give residents the opportunity to ask questions and provide comments. Click here to view the results of the open house and online survey.

Current Projects

In the tiered approach of the implementation strategies, the first and most crucial projects to tackle include bluff restoration at all five beaches and shoreline protection at Lloyd Beach. These measures were prioritized as necessary in preserving our lakefront properties and will lay the foundation for any future potential improvements outlined in the Waterfront 2030 plan.

Bluff Improvements

Bluff Restoration & Stabilization: restoring the bluff across all five beaches to stabilize against erosion, revive the natural ecosystem, enhance the appearance, and create natural vistas to the lake.

Tower Road Beach Access: replacing access stairs from the upper parking lot to the beach, installing a new platform overlook, and improving the entry plaza.

Retaining Walls: repairing the existing retaining wall along the access road at Lloyd Beach and the gabion wall along the toe of the bluff at Maple Street Beach.

For detailed information on these improvements, click here.

Phase 1 Timeline (Tower, Maple, Upper Bluff at Lloyd)

November/December 2019: Formal bid published and contractor approved by Park District Board
January 2020: Begin removing invasive trees and vegetation and planting native seeds; Begin construction of stairs at Tower; Repair retaining walls at Lloyd and Maple
Spring 2020: Complete majority of bluff restoration efforts; new plantings will take 3+ years to establish
Summer 2020: Complete construction of staircase at Tower

Phase 2 Timeline (Elder, Centennial, Lower Bluff at Lloyd)

Fall 2020/Winter 2021: Begin removing invasive trees and vegetation and planting native seeds
Spring 2021: Complete majority of bluff restoration efforts; new plantings will take 3+ years to establish; Begin construction for boat storage & stairs at Lloyd
Fall 2021: Complete construction for boat storage & stairs at Lloyd

Shoreline Stabilization at Lloyd

Phase 1 – New Breakwater System: a new breakwater system will be installed to reduce wave action near the shoreline, reduce bluff erosion, and make the beach safer for patrons. The new system will also hold sand more effectively, maintaining a usable beach during high and low lake levels.

Future Improvements: a steel seawall along the south and north end of the beach, additional queuing space at the boat launch, stone revetment on east side of pier, new ADA beach access ramps, and reviewing the stormwater discharge system.

For detailed information on these improvements, click here.

Phase 1 Timeline

Fall 2019: permit submitted for breakwater system (adding any structures to the shoreline requires an extensive permitting process by several governing authorities; the permitting process is very rigorous and can take eight to 18 months)

Summer/Fall 2020*: Anticipated permit approval for breakwater system; begin construction of breakwater system

Summer 2021*: Complete construction of breakwater system

*All dates are estimated and may change.

Future project timelines and plans will be posted once developed.

Beach/Park Master Plans

Tower Road Beach & Park

Click here to view the master plan.

Lloyd Beach & Park

Click here to view the master plan.

Maple Street Beach & Park

Click here to view the master plan.

Elder Lane / Centennial Beach & Park

Click here to view the master plan.


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