Foster Beach and North Beach, Chicago, Illinois

Project Name: Foster Beach and North Beach

Product: Beachrings2 

Application: Beach Access

City: Chicago

State/Province: Illinois

Install Date: August 2000

Install Size: 25 Model F mats

Address: Foster Beach along Lakeshore Drive

Client: City of Chicago Parks District

Designer: City of Chicago Parks District

Contractor: Portable mats laid down by the City of Chicago Parks District employees.

Directions: Foster – Off Lakeshore Drive, take Lawrence Wilson Exit, drive north on Simmons to the far end of the parking lot to get close to the beach. North Beach – Take North Avenue Exit

Location: Foster – North side of beach house from the concrete ramp near the bike path, in an L-shape, bending toward the water line and extending nearly to the water. North Beach – from concession building, water side sidewalk, to the shore.

Photography: Vicki Bohnhoff, June 2002

Summary: The beach recreation information guide says “all of our beaches are handicapped accessible”. Beachrings2 is also decidedly convenient to those who ride their bicycles to the beach because there were bikes parked upside down in the sand. Baby strollers used the mats too.

Portable-Beach-Access Mats were installed at Foster Beach and North Beach, Chicago, Illinois, using Beachrings2.
Pedestrians choosing to walk on BR2. Concrete ramp is used to access the Beachrings2 which turns at right angles toward the shore.
Portable-Boardwalk Mats were installed at Foster Beach and North Beach, Chicago, Illinois, using Beachrings2.
Bath house on right parallels the very long Beachrings2 pathway toward the shore. Each of the Model F mats overlap each other to form one continuous path.
Wheelchair-Access Mats were installed at Foster Beach and North Beach, Chicago, Illinois, using Beachrings2.
Shore line end of Beachrings2 pathway shows how it lays flat onto the sand and won’t curl up because of the underneath rings that dig into the sand and provide stability from shifting and lifting.
Portable-Beach Mats were installed at Foster Beach and North Beach, Chicago, Illinois, using Beachrings2.
From the shore, looking back, you can see bikes and a stroller that were used on the path which now accommodates two pedestrians using it as a sidewalk.