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Humboldt Park Beach is reopening this weekend

Written by
Clayton Guse

Humboldt Park Beach is back, baby. 

The city's only inland beach closed last summer because officials did not want to pony up the $1 million-plus required to fill and maintain the lagoon. But after a good deal of pushback from community members and months of renovations, the beach is back and better than ever. This weekend, a reopening celebration will be held at the beach, which will include live music, a screening of Finding Nemo and other family friendly activities. 

The revamped beach has a swimming area that's separated from the natural lagoon by way of a berm, a brand new pathway that will connect the lagoon to the northwest side of the park's field house and a 10-foot-deep cold water pocket that contains a bubbler, which will help solve the water circulation and bacteria problems that led to the beach being shut down on a regular basis prior to the beach's closing.

Humboldt Park Beach first opened in 1973, and has been a summertime hot spot ever since. Last year's closing was certainly a bummer, but this year's improvements provide an excellent alternative to the city's lakefront beaches. 

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