HUMBOLDT PARK- Humboldt Park Beach will return in July after the community oasis vanished last year.
When the Chicago Park District closed the beach in May of 2015 for the first time in 40 years due to financial reasons, residents protested through petitions and a sit-in.
Now DNAinfo reports officials have revealed plans for a revamped lagoon restoring Humboldt Park Beach’s claim to, “everything Lake Michigan has – plus cleaner water.” The beach includes a 10 foot deep cold water hole to decrease water temperature and a bubbler to improve oxygen circulation.
The upgraded inland beach includes a walkway separating the natural lagoon from the beach.(Source: DNAinfo)
The inland beach was the first of its kind in Chicago and maybe even the nation when it opened in the summer of 1973, according to a Chicago Tribune article.
Humboldt Park Beach’s return is welcome news for beachgoers looking to cool off this summer. Steele Consulting Group CEO Hasani Steele and developers are building a two-story home facing the park with a rooftop deck and view of the Chicago skyline.