THE WINNETKA PARK DISTRICT HOSTED AN INTERACTIVE EVENT SATURDAY, JANUARY 21 FROM 10AM – 1PM; ALL MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WERE INVITED TO ATTEND
Winnetka, IL; January 18, 2023 — The Winnetka Park District hosted a Workshop / Open House for the Elder Lane + Centennial Beach Project 10am – 1pm, Saturday, January 21 at the Winnetka Community House, 620 Lincoln Avenue in Winnetka. All Winnetka Park District residents, along with members of the public and other interested parties, were invited to attend and learn about design details for this exciting project, which will provide enhanced recreation opportunities at both beaches for generations to come.
This Saturday’s session provided event attendees with an opportunity to exchange ideas and insights as the Park District continued to gather information and refined plans for the Elder Lane + Centennial Beach Project.
Construction for some or all of the Elder Lane + Centennial Beach Project, currently slated to begin in 2023, is the final major project within the Park District’s 2030 Lakefront Master Plan, which was approved in 2016.
“The Park District is thrilled to engage the community again for this specific project. We are excited to advance plans which ultimately will provide best-in-class recreational opportunities for users of all abilities,” said Executive Director John Peterson. “We anticipate a great turnout Saturday. Attendees can learn about the planned amenities and improvements and, most importantly, provide Park District commissioners and staff with feedback as we enter this final design phase.”
The Workshop / Open House featured six information tables showcasing different aspects of the project, including a historical perspective for the various Lakefront Master Plan sites, overall projects and timelines, along with specific information for the current Elder Lane + Centennial design plans. Other stations will inform attendees about beach accessibility to individuals of all abilities, proposed plans for a Centennial Beach dog beach, and the status of the property exchange agreement that would unify the two beaches and provide a dedicated swimming area, along with a separate area for kayaks and paddle boards.
Attendees chose to participate in one of several small group workshops taking place throughout the event. Each workshop was led by a moderator, had a maximum of eight participants, and lasted for 20 minutes, with a five-minute break between each workshop. The workshop sessions ran from 10:30am – 1pm.
The Park District invited public feedback, thoughts, and ideas using comment cards available at the event, or digitally at winpark.org/contact-us/ by selecting the box for ‘Elder Lane + Centennial Beach Project’. Interested individuals could sign up for a dedicated e-communication that provided future news and updates for the project, in addition to a recap of feedback received during the Workshop / Open House. Sign-up for the Park District e-communication can be found at winpark.org/subscribe by selecting the box ‘Plans, Projects, Board Updates, Elder Lane + Centennial Project’.
For more information, please visit winpark.org/waterfront-2030.