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Funding Also Approved to Plan and Construct New Beach Concession Building at Popular Recreational Area

IBSP Groundbreaking 2014 049RZION – State Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake) and officials from the Illinois Capital Development Board and Illinois Department of Natural Resources today broke ground on the $1.3 million shoreline stabilization project at Illinois Beach State Park in Zion. The project is part of Governor Pat Quinn’s Illinois Jobs Now! capital construction program, and will help reduce sand erosion and allow hundreds of thousands of visitors each year to continue enjoying this pristine stretch of Lake Michigan shoreline. Officials also today announced that Governor Quinn has approved funding to plan and construct a new Beach Concession Building at the popular recreation area.

“These efforts to maintain Illinois Beach State Park are an investment in both our natural resources and our tourism economy,” Senator Bush said. “This is a great first step in improving the environmental integrity of our Lake Michigan Shoreline.”

The shoreline stabilization project involves the construction and installation of onshore and offshore protective measures to allow natural movement of sediment without eroding the existing shoreline. The sand that has accumulated at the North Beach area will also be removed and redistributed. Copenhaver Construction, Inc. of Gilberts, Illinois was the lowest of four bidders for the project at $1,378,000. The project will be overseen by the Illinois Capital Development Board (CDB).

“Construction jobs will be created during this project, and when we’re done this pristine section of beach will be better protected so more people can enjoy it,” CDB Director Jim Underwood said. 

Underwood today also announced that Governor Quinn has released $200,000 to design a new 3,000-square-foot Beach Concession Building at Illinois Beach State Park that will include a kitchen, indoor/outdoor dining, restrooms, a camp store, and gift shop. It will replace the current concession building which is inadequate to serve the park’s needs. Once the design by Hanno Weber & Associates of Chicago is complete competitive bids will be taken by CDB to construct the building, which is expected to cost approximately $2 million.       

Illinois Beach State Park consists of 2,909 acres and 5.8 miles of Lake Michigan Shoreline. It is administered by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

“Illinois Beach State Park is one of our most popular sites for recreation and it also contains some of our state’s best natural areas,” said IDNR Director Marc Miller. “We are excited to participate in this project that will both protect a valuable section of Lake Michigan shoreline and allow us to provide outstanding recreational opportunities.”

The Illinois Beach State Park projects are part of Governor Quinn’s $31 billion Illinois Jobs Now! program, which will support more than 439,000 jobs over six years. Illinois Jobs Now! is the largest capital construction program in Illinois history, and is one of the largest capital construction programs in the nation.

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