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Mayor Richard M. Daley, Chicago Park District Superintendent Timothy J. Mitchell, Alderman Mary Ann Smith, State Representative Harry Osterman, and Public Building Commission Executive Director Erin Lavin Carbonargi joined members of the Edgewater community today to dedicate the opening of the new beach house located at Osterman Beach, 5800 N. Lake Shore Drive, near Foster Avenue and Lakeshore Drive.
“Kathy Osterman was a great friend of mine who was dedicated to the City of Chicago and the 48th Ward. Her commitment to the Edgewater community is well known from her service as Alderman and President of the Edgewater Community Council. We are here today to honor her legacy by cutting the ribbon on the new Kathy Osterman Beach House. Our entire City is a better place to live because of her efforts,” said Mayor Richard M. Daley.
Osterman Beach is named for Kathy Osterman (1943-1992), a dedicated public servant who was beloved by her community. She served as Alderman for Edgewater, President of the Edgewater Community Council, and Director of the Mayor's Office of Special Events. In 1993, Ardmore Beach was renamed in her honor as Kathy Osterman Beach.
“The new Kathy Osterman Beach House has great features which will be of value to the millions of visitors that come out to enjoy the beach,” said Chicago Park District General Superintendent and CEO Tim Mitchell.
The new 2,750-square-foot beach house features numerous amenities including men’s, women’s, and family restrooms, concession space and security cameras. The facility also includes a lifeguard office with lockers, restrooms and showers. Skylights were created to minimize electricity and lighting loads. In addition, harvested rainwater is channeled and stored for reuse within the building for non-potable use, like the flushing of toilets and urinals.
”As a strong steward of the public fund, the PBC and our partners at the Park District, included elements of sustainable design into this facility, which lower the life cycle costs and are better for the environment. These “green” features promote water conservation, energy use reduction, and the use of recycled, durable and regional materials,” said Erin Lavin Cabonargi, Executive Director for the Public Building Commission.
Chicago Park District beaches are open through Monday, September 6. Visitors to all Chicago Park District beaches are asked to observe the following rules: Obey lifeguards andswim only when lifeguards are present.
Properly dispose of food, diapers and other refuse. Grilling is only allowed in designated areas and coals should be disposed in the red hot metal containers. Please do not dump hot coals at the base of trees or near playgrounds.
New this year is a texting service to obtain information on swim status at each beach by texting the beach name to 312.715.SWIM (7946).
Residents can also access information by calling the Chicago Park District Beach Hotline at 312.74.BEACH, checking www.chicagoparkdistrict.com or following us on Facebook and Twitter for the swim status at each beach.
Admission to Chicago’s beaches is free. For more information about the Chicago Park District’s more than 7,700 acres of parkland, 570 parks, 26 miles of lakefront, 10 museums, two world-class conservatories, 16 historic lagoons, nearly 50 nature areas, thousands of special events, sports and entertaining programs, please visit www.chicagoparkdistrict.com
or contact the Chicago Park District at 312.742.PLAY or 312.747.2001 (TTY). Want to share your talent? Volunteer in the parks by calling, 312.742.PLAY.