Change could be coming to Rosewood Beach in Highland Park, Chicago

A recent article in the Chicago Tribune revealed that a controversial proposal will be voted on later in August 2012 by district officials in Highland Park over whether to allow the construction of new buildings near Rosewood Beach. Supporters of the project maintain that the new buildings will be a "good project for the community" and will advance the neighborhood, but opponents of the proposal are reluctant to bring change to the city's only swimming beach.

Whatever the outcome, for those looking at homes for sale in Chicago, Highland Park could be a good lakeside option. People should keep an eye on the developments with the Rosewood Beach construction project as some, such as Michelle Holleman, member of The Friends of Rosewood, believe that "If they do this, it's going to bring families back to the beach."

The Tribune revealed that the park district's Rosewood Beach Task Force made a recommendation in June that the Park Board approve a plan for a 1,960-square-foot building which officials have called an "interpretive center," as well as plans for the construction of public restrooms, a concession stand and a lifeguard shelter.

The source detailed that perhaps the most controversial part of this construction project is the interpretive center, which is planned to be used year round various programs. Revenues from these programs would then go toward beach operating costs.

This large project is estimated to cost roughly $4.7 million to complete, of which government grants would only cover $850,000. This would leave the park district to cover the remaining $3.8 million, and officials say the money would come from the park district reserve fund.

Highland Park has five miles of land that hugs Lake Michigan and is situated roughly 26 miles north of downtown Chicago. This neighborhood is famous for its Ravinia Festival, which runs throughout the summer and draws music greats from around the globe to perform.

Those looking at real estate in Chicago could take a closer look at Highland Park to take advantage of its 11-acre Rosewood Park, which is divided into Upper and Lower Rosewood. The Park District of Highland Park's website describes the area, saying that both areas have ravines leading to the shores of the lake. It says, "White-tailed deer frequent Rosewood park ravines, which are considered deer highways. Shore birds are common on the beach, and various species of songbirds are found in the wooded areas."