Forest Park Beach Pathway Project

The City of Lake Forest is constructing an ADA-compliant, stroller-friendly wooden boardwalk that will extend from the upper south parking lot at Forest Park to the playground at Forest Park Beach.

The old boardwalk that provided a pedestrian access to the beach had to be removed in 2018 due to deterioration. With the Forest Park Bluff Stabilization Project being completed in the same area, the City is rebuilding a pedestrian connection between the bluff and the beach.

This project is funded through a private-public partnership, with the City committing $1.3 million to the project and raising an additional $1.3 million from private donations. The boardwalk decking is also funded by a $150,000 grant from Illinois Department of Natural Resources and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

In addition to a $500,000 lead donation, the Lake Forest community stepped up to donate nearly $1 million over a roughly three-month period. Lake Forest has a rich history of public-private partnerships and this project is yet another example of the community's philanthropic spirit.

The project will begin in mid-July and be complete in September 2024 (weather permitting). In order to move efficiently through the space, crews will be constructing the steel frame and placing the decking as they go. Landscape restoration will occur afterwards and tree planting will occur in October after the summer heat. Lighting will be installed after the boardwalk is in place.

Anticipated Impacts
During construction, you can expect:

  • The beach parking lots will remain open. The walking path and pedestrian access on the beach will be maintained.
  • A portion of the upper south parking lot will be closed for a few weeks while the crane places the steel for the boardwalk.
  • Working hours will be Monday-Friday from 7 am-8 pm and Saturday-Sunday from 8 am-6 pm, as needed.
  • Construction activity will be contained on the middle portion of the bluff where the pathway will be located.
  • Project impacts will be minimal, the primary impact will be noise from construction equipment.

 What will the finished pathway look like?
Watch a video simulation to experience what walking down the finished pathway will be like.

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Construction Contact
Lead Project Manager Bernard Pondexter at (847) 810-3556 or

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