Beach Improvement Project

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Photos represent proposed project renderings. Final building plans may vary. 

Vote March 19th! 2024 Beach Improvement Project Referendum Overview

On December 11, 2023, the Village Board took action to place a referendum on the March 19th (Presidential Primary) election ballot, requesting authority to extend up to $2.5M in bonds for the project. For context, this would be roughly $126 per year on a home with a $1M EAV. The bond revenue, if approved,  would be used in combination with fund balance, and donations to fund the full project scope. The full scope includes improved access, restrooms, food options, multi-purpose spaces, locker storage, and boat storage to the water plant and surrounding public beach area.  Additional materials about the Board's decision can be found in the December 11th Board Packet

In preparation for this project,  an ad-hoc Lakefront Planning Group was formed comprised of residents and representatives from the Village Board, Plan Commission, Sailing Club, and Kenilworth Park District. In concert with the Lakefront Planning Group's work, the Village Board engaged Woodhouse Tinucci Architects for architectural and design services for the lakefront and former water treatment plant. Over the past year, the Lakefront Planning Group has been working with Woodhouse Tinucci to evaluate and develop recommendations for the future of the beach, as well as the use of the former water treatment plant, as a framework for design efforts. 

Throughout the process, resident involvement and feedback have been sought. At a public meeting held on November 30, 2023, the Village laid out the different potential project tiers and funding options. After the meeting, a survey was conducted to gather resident feedback on the preferred project tier and funding for the project. The survey results, which can be viewed below, showed interest in pursuing the full project scope, as well as a potential increase in property taxes and fundraising as funding options for the project. 

For additional information on the project and referendum, please review the materials below, where you can find FAQs, previous public meeting presentations, and more. If you have any questions, please contact Village staff at 847-251-1666 or info@vok.org

Fundraising 

The Full Project is expected to cost $8.4 million. The Village currently has an available fund balance of approximately $3.4 million, which leaves a $5 million shortfall. Instead of borrowing the full $5 million, the Village hopes to fundraise approximately $2.5 million and borrow the remaining $2.5 million. A fundraising campaign is currently being developed by the Lakefront Planning Group. If you are interested in contributing to the fundraising campaign or have any questions about donating, please contact us at beach@vok.org.

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Voter Information

The Village encourages all eligible voters to get out and vote on March 19, 2024. Below is some important information to keep in mind as you figure out your voting plan:

Voter Registration: Whether it is your first time voting, or you're a new resident and need to update your registration, there are a number of different ways to register, including online, in person, or through the mail. To learn more, please visit the Cook County Clerk's Office website.

Early Voting: March 4 - 18, early voting locations and times can be found on the Cook County Clerk's Office website.

Vote By Mail: Must complete, sign, and submit a mail ballot application by Thursday, March 14, 2024, to receive the ballot. The application (PDF) can be submitted through the mail, or online

Election Day Voting: Kenilworth resident's voting location is the Assembly Hall, 410 Kenilworth Avenue. Polls are open 6:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. To verify your voter information, please visit the Cook County Clerk's Office website. 

Question to Voters on March 19, 2024

Shall the Village of Kenilworth, Cook County, Illinois, improve and enhance Kenilworth Beach and the surrounding lakefront area by renovating and repurposing the water plant for community purposes, improving shore protection and making other necessary improvements to Kenilworth Beach and issue its general obligation bonds to the amount of $2,500,000 for the purpose of paying the costs thereof, said bonds bearing interest at not to exceed the rate of 6% per annum?

Yes

No

Have you ever looked at the former water treatment plant and wondered if it could be adapted as a beach amenity? Or, considered how the beach could be enhanced to better fit the needs of beachgoers?  In response to the community's interest in improving the beach experience, the Village was excited to announce the start of the Beach Improvement Project at the end of 2022. The project built upon analysis and resident survey data that was gathered before the pandemic paused our work. 

To help navigate this effort, an ad-hoc Lakefront Planning Group was formed comprised of residents and representatives from the Village Board of Trustees, Plan Commission, Sailing Club and Kenilworth Park District. Over the past year, the Lakefront Planning Group has worked to evaluate and develop recommendations for the future of the beach, as well as the use of the former water treatment plant, as a framework for design efforts.

In concert with the Lakefront Planning Group's work, the Village Board engaged Woodhouse Tinucci Architects for architectural and design services for the lakefront and former water treatment plant. Chicago-based Woodhouse Tinucci has extensive experience working along the lakefront with municipalities and park districts to enhance it for public use. The firm's design prowess was demonstrated during a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) process where they stood out with a design approach that blended with surrounds, an understanding of the appropriate project scale, and strong bench of professionals from various disciplines. 

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Take a photo tour of the former Water Treatment Plant

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