Beach Open, Stairs Closed
Sunrise Beach remains open, but a sign at the top of the beach stairs confused visitors on Thursday, April 16. The sign stated "Temporarily Closed", leading some people to wonder if the beach itself was closed like those in Lake Forest and Chicago.
"We are not closing Sunrise Beach. We would like to funnel people through the gate and down the road so we can control social distancing," said Jim Lakeman of the Lake Bluff Park District.
The "Temporarily Closed" sign was meant to alert people that the stairs are closed during the COVID-19 pandemic. By Friday morning the words on the sign had been removed, but the stairs and access point just south of the stairs were still cordoned off -- and will be for a while.
Volunteer and Park District staff members will monitor the beach starting Saturday, April 18. The Park District had a training session on Friday (via the Zoom webinar app) with those who have already signed up to help during the state's Stay-At-Home mandate. (If you want to volunteer, contact Lakeman at 847-457-7343 or firstname.lastname@example.org.)
"The adult residents have been awesome! We have had a more difficult time with the youth.
We want to keep the beach open but in order to do so we need to make sure people are adhering to the policies," Lakeman said.
In summary: You can enter Sunrise Beach at the service road -- this is the access point north of the stairs. But you should only be out with the people you are sheltering in place with. And while you're at the beach, stay six feet apart from other people who are also out trying to enjoy the fresh air.
And be respectful of our neighbors and park district staffers who are monitoring the beach.
The road that goes down to the beach remains open (shown above) ...
But the stairs and the path just south of the stairs are closed for now (below).