March 5, 2024:

Exciting news, Lake Foresters! Thanks to significant individual contributions from the Lake Forest community, we reached our fundraising goal to make the Forest Park Beach Pathway Project a reality.

Later this year, you'll be able to walk down to Forest Park Beach on a new boardwalk that is ADA-compliant, stroller-friendly, and a beautiful asset to Lake Forest. Lake Forest has a long history of public-private partnerships and this is yet another testament to what a remarkably generous and giving community this is. We can't wait for you to enjoy this beautiful new amenity.

Want to learn more about the Pathway Project?

  • Watch a virtual tour of the pathway and see the conceptual plan in action!
  • Read the story posted on Lake Forest Love. This article perfectly describes the fond memories of the old boardwalk that the community has been missing for the past five years.


  • The wooden boardwalk at the south end of Forest Park Beach opened in 1987.
  • In 2018, the boardwalk was closed due to deterioration and removed. Recreation staff and community stakeholders met at the South Pavilion and shared their thoughts and ideas for replacing the boardwalk.
  • 2019: Due to damage from storms and flooding, the focus shifted to the North Beach Access Road and Bluff Restoration.
  • 2022: Plans and proposed costs submitted for the new pathway design.
  • 2023: Fundraising is underway to rebuild and re-imagine the boardwalk.


  • This project presents a unique opportunity to provide a new pathway that is safe, functional, ADA compliant, and a beautiful asset to Forest Park Beach.
  • With support from private donors and the City of Lake Forest, the community will enjoy this enhancement to the bluff for generations to come.


  • Walking access between Forest Park bluff and the beach.
  • ADA-compliant access for persons with disabilities.
  • Easy access for strollers, wagons, etc.
  • The construction materials are wood and steel.
  • Landscaping will complement and carry the aesthetic of Forest Park Beach.
  • The pathway will start at the upper south parking lot and end at the playground.
  • There will be two overlooks to rest and enjoy the view.
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Fundraising Committee:

  • Rick Amos
  • Kendall Davis
  • Nicole Fabiano-Oertel
  • Pat Hoch
  • PJ O'Neil


Parks & Recreation Staff:

  • Joe Mobile, Interim Director of Lake Forest Parks & Recreation


Thank you Lake Forest!

Donations to Lake Forest Parks & Recreation through the Friends of Lake Forest Parks & Recreation Foundation are always appreciated and can be made online or by mail.

MAIL: Mail your donation (payable to The Friends of Lake Forest Parks & Recreation Foundation) to 400 Hastings Rd, Lake Forest, IL 60045.

ONLINE: Donate Now

The Friends of Lake Forest Parks & Recreation Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) Illinois nonprofit organization, and all donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.