October 21, 2022
PARK AVENUE BREAKWATER AND BOAT RAMP REPLACEMENT UPDATE
Demolition of the barge breakwater has been completed. Crews have begun installing sheet pile.
About the Project
High lake levels accompanied by intense storms over the past few years caused damage to the breakwater wall/barge and concrete ramp at Park Avenue Boating Beach. These extreme weather conditions have affected communities all along the Illinois Lake Michigan shoreline.
At the April 27 meeting, the Park Board approved construction of Phase 1 of the Park Avenue Breakwater Project in the amount of $2,221,890. The base scope of this project includes removal of the existing barge breakwater and boat ramp, stockpiling and salvaging existing breakwater fill and armor stone, construction of a new steel sheet pile breakwater with a concrete crown wall and construction of a new concrete boat launch. Funding for the project includes $2,000,000 from the Park District’s capital fund and $400,000 from the Parks Foundation of Highland Park, made possible from community donations
For more information on this project and to stay up-to-date on progress visit the Park Avenue Boating Facility Breakwater & Boat Launch Project Page.