June 19, 2019

Langdon Beach Closing 

After much consideration, the Wilmette Park District has made the decision to close the swimming beach at Langdon Park. The community will still have full access to Langdon Park and the tot lot; however, there will no longer be access to the lake. 

Langdon, established as a swimming beach in 2007, has seen significant erosion over the last few years. In the summer of 2018, the shoreline had diminished such that the Park District considered shutting it down for the safety of visitors. As a temporary solution, a 10-foot wide dune path was created to allow Langdon to remain open last summer. This path has now been reduced to 3 feet by rising water levels, less than a typical 5-foot wide sidewalk. 

Due to the erosion caused by the waters of Lake Michigan rising so significantly in the first half of 2019, the decision was made to close down Langdon Beach until conditions improve or an alternative solution is developed. We will however monitor Langdon throughout the season in hopes of re-opening. Gillson Beach remains fully operational, despite the elevated lake levels. 

For more information regarding Langdon Beach, please contact Steve Wilson, Wilmette Park District Executive Director, at swilson@wilpark.org or (847) 256-6100.