The Chicago Park District yesterday shared with me their schedule for repairing the extensive damage to Juneway, Rogers and Howard Beach Parks caused by this winter’s storms and high lake levels. The Park District plans to begin the repairs later this month and hopes to complete them by the end of July, weather permitting.
Below is a park-by-park breakdown, from north to south, of the repairs the Park District plans to undertake and the estimated beginning and end dates:
Juneway Beach Park
1. Replace all damaged concrete along lake edge.
2. Install new sidewalk.
3. Fill new concrete in between existing concrete blocks.
4. Restore landscape as needed.
Start by the end of May. Complete by July 15.
Fill voids with stone and/or concrete material.
Start by the end of May. Complete by June 15.
Howard Beach Park
1. Remove and replace concrete blocks, including leveling and filling.
2. Install new concrete stairs, sidewalk and support wall.
3. Restore landscape as needed.
Start by the end of May. Complete by July 31.
The City of Chicago and the Park District are currently devising a plan of action to address the collapse of Birchwood Avenue at the Lake and hope to share with me a repair timetable soon.
The City and the Park District also are in discussions with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on additional shoreline protection plans for the far north-end lakefront, including possibly installing rock piles in the lake. They would be similar to those installed at the Fargo and Jarvis street ends 30 years ago, the last time Lake Michigan levels were this high. Though unsightly, the rock piles helped protect the beaches and property on and near Jarvis and Fargo during last winter’s “nor’easter” storms.
I will keep you posted on the progress of those talks.