Ian from Great Lakes Board Company and I met with the Chicago PArk District yesterday.
The main topic of discussion was adding 5 additional beaches to the list of beaches which allow SUP's and KAyaks.
Hollywood / Foster/ North / Olive PArk / 31st Street are the requested additions.
We had a nice discussion with the new Director of Beaches and Pools, Jennifer. She is new to Chicago and has moved here from Arizona. We also met Erik, the new Manager of Beaches and Pools. He has been in the PArk District for quite a while.
On the Kitesurfing front, we discussed signs and enforcement of the certification policy. Reminder: Display your streamer and present your card when asked for it. If you have neither, you will be asked to leave. If uncertified riders are a common occurrence, we will all be asked to leave.
I requested the "windsurfing" be removed from the Kitesurfing page on the Park District Website. It was listed as an error and you do not need a streamer to Windsurf at Montrose.
We are providing Google Maps of each beach with a requested launch spot and have an August 1st target date for a soft opening of the new beaches. Adrien and Ian are working on this project.
If you have any concerns about these beaches for SUPping and Kayaks, please let me know.
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