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The Glencoe Anchor 041218

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4 | April 12, 2018 | The glencoe anchor news Glencoe Beach to open ‘as normal’ Glencoe readies for summer, although nearby beaches face erosion issues Megan Bernard, Editor It’s full steam ahead for Glencoe Beach this season. As beach season approaches, the Glencoe Park District, which manages the Glencoe Beach, said things are looking good, in terms of water levels and erosion. “The beach is going to open as normal,” said Bobby Collins, Glencoe Park District’s director of recreation and facilities. “We’ve been monitoring it a lot and going down there a lot. There have been no major changes in the last three months.” Opening day is planned for May 26 at Glencoe Beach and it will close for the season over Labor Day Weekend. Recent reports have shown water levels rising at the beach, but Collins said it’s nothing out of the ordinary. “As we get closer to the summer, it’s natural for the level to go up,” he said. “With the higher levels though, we just have to keep a closer eye on the movement of the sand. “I don’t foresee any major issues on our beach. We’re doing our best to level the sand, but the lake will do what it wants to do.” Glencoe Beach is part of Sand Management Working Group, a pilot program by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources to assist coastal communities with addressing sand management challenges. With the program’s help, Collins said sand can come from beaches as far north as Waukegan to help replenish eroded material. Hopefully, he added, it will reduce the cost of replenishing Glencoe Beach with sand in the long run by cost-effectively moving the sand around from other beaches within regulation. Last fall, as a result of rising Lake Michigan water levels, Glencoe Beach faced a large issue after sand movement left a 16-inch water main exposed at Perlman Boating Beach, adjacent to Glencoe Beach. The main, which went out of service temporarily, transported treated water from the Village’s water plant out to the main water network. “The water main was running the length of the sailing beach,” Collins said. “We faced so much erosion that it was exposed but the Village relocated it.” The Glencoe Public Works Department moved the impacted section of the water main further west onto the beach, under more solid sand. The total cost of the project was estimated to be near $56,000. Since the project, the beach rebounded and Glencoe Beach is preparing to open for the season on May 26 after water levels and erosion have been analyzed and cleared by Glencoe Park District staff. Megan Bernard/22nd Century Media hasn’t faced any other issues, Collins confirmed with The Anchor. Just about five miles south of Glencoe Beach, however, Wilmette’s Langdon Beach is experiencing so much erosion this season that officials are considering not opening it for swimming this summer. The Anchor’s sister paper, The Wilmette Beacon, reported the Wilmette Park District will decide in mid-April whether or not to open it as a swimming beach this summer. “This year, the conditions are very different and we’ve never seen it quite like what we have right now,” Kathy Bingham, Wilmette Park District’s Please see Beach, 6 3019 Indianwood Road •OPEN HOUSE APRIL 15 th ,1-3 pm The slate entry welcomes you tothis well-proportioned 5-bedroom home on abeautiful tree-lined street in Wilmette. The first floor features a sun-filled living room with wood-burning fireplace, formal dining room, family room with abrick fireplace, wood cabinet kitchen and eating area, master bedroom, additional bedroom, den, and laundry room. On the second floor there are three large bedrooms and so much more! 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