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.


Current Projects

Tower Road Beach Stairs

February 28, 2020: Demolition of the old staircase is underway. Construction of the new staircase will begin March/April. The work is on schedule.

July 20, 2020: The new stairs at Tower Road Beach are taking form! Approximately half of the staircase is built, including the outlook platform at the top of the bluff and the platform along the staircase. Over the next few weeks, the contractors will finish the remaining portion of the stairs and decking and install the railing.

August 28, 2020: The contractors are finishing up the remaining decking and the activity platform. In the coming weeks, the railing will be finished and native vegetation planted around the stairs. The project has been delayed due to the custom fabrication of materials.

September 18, 2020: All decking is complete and the contractors are finishing up the activity platform. In the coming weeks, the remaining metal posts for the railing will be installed, followed by the handrails and wire mesh between the posts. The project is expected to wrap up this November.

April 1, 2021: The new stairs are complete and open to the public! Contractors will be on-site intermittently until summer, but will not impact visitor access to the park, stairs, or beach. We encourage you to visit Tower and check it out for yourself!


For detailed information on these improvements, click here.


Shoreline Stabilization at Lloyd

Lloyd Beach + Park will be closed during construction for safety. Roughly 20,000 tons of boulders will be brought in by the contractor. During this time, there will be many large semi-trucks accessing Lloyd from Sheridan Road. The boat launch will serve as the staging area for heavy equipment, and the boulders will be placed along the northern shoreline prior to final placement.

Periodic progress update videos will be sent via email and posted on this webpage, and our Facebook and Instagram pages. See below for recent progress updates!

July 21, 2020: Construction officially kicked off last week for the new breakwater system at Lloyd Beach! So far, 2,500 tons of materials have been delivered and contractors have begun building the foundation for the breakwaters. Over the next several months, 20,000 more tons of rock and sand will be delivered to build the new breakwaters and reinstall the beach. Construction is expected to wrap up by the end of the year. View timelapse video.

August 5, 2020: The south breakwater is starting to form. Construction materials continue to arrive daily via truck and barge. So far the barge has delivered a few thousand tons of armor stone, reducing the number of semi-truckloads driven through the community. Check out the video to see the progression since our last update! View timelapse video.

August 28, 2020: The south breakwater continues to take shape and the breakwater on the north end is almost complete. Check out the video to see the progress since our last update! View timelapse video.

September 18, 2020: The north breakwater is complete and contractors have started on the middle breakwater island. To build the island, they’ve had to make a temporary road from the shoreline to the breakwater. This road will be deconstructed once the island is complete. In the past two weeks, more than 8,000 tons of sand have been delivered to rebuild the beach — there’s actually a beach now! Check out the video to see the progress since our last update. View timelapse video.

September 29, 2020: The contractors have made significant progress on the middle and south breakwaters and continue to deliver sand daily to build up the beach. We are on schedule to complete work by the end of the year and can’t wait to see you for a great 2021 season! This week’s video is a drone flyover of the beach. View the flyover video.

October 23, 2020: The breakwater project is nearing 90 percent completion, with work just remaining on the south breakwater arm. This week’s video shows you the view from the beach so you can get an idea of how tall the structures are. View the video.

November 30, 2020: The breakwaters structures are 100 percent complete. The contractor will remain on-site for the next few months to dredge, regrade the beach, etc. All work will be complete by the 2021 boating season.

April 1, 2021: The new breakwaters did an awesome job protecting Lloyd through the winter. The beach is in great shape and very little sand was lost. Contractors remain on-site, currently building the new boardwalk and access ramp. Bluff and pavement work will start in April, followed by the installation of boat storage racks south of the beach house. All work is expected to wrap up by May 15. View the flyover video.

Progress as of August 27, 2020.
Progress one month later on September 29, 2020.
August 2019
October 2020

For detailed information on these improvements, click here.


Beach/Park Master Plans

Tower Road Beach & Park

Click here to view the master plan.

Lloyd Beach & Park

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Maple Street Beach & Park

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Elder Lane / Centennial Beach & Park

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