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Edgewater’s Berger Park Getting Emergency Shoreline Work After Damaging Storms

Berger Park joins the growing number of lakefront areas to require shoreline fortification as Chicago battles erosion.

Berger Park in Edgewater is receiving emergency stabilization work.
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EDGEWATER — A lakefront park in Edgewater is receiving emergency stabilization work, restricting access to the park as the city battles erosion along Lake Michigan.

City crews began work this week to fortify the shoreline at Berger Park, 6205 N. Sheridan Road. Work will continue through Nov. 12 as the city adds to the rock revetment wall that has been battered by storms, said Ald. Harry Osterman (48th).

The existing rock wall at Berger Park will be bolstered, and crews will fill in portions of park land behind the wall that has eroded due to storms and wave activity, Osterman said in an email to constituents.

The park’s gravel walking path will also be reconstructed. The project will cost $500,000, according to the Chicago Department of Transportation.

Portions of Berger Park will be closed during the work, and lane restrictions will be required on Sheridan Road near the park during daytime hours.

Berger Park is the latest lakefront area to require shoreline repairs as the city has battled rising Lake Michigan levels in recent years.

Last year, the city closed off three lakefront areas in Rogers Park, filling in former beachfront with rock revetment walls to safeguard the shoreline. The beaches remain covered by those walls, though the Park District has recently began to reinstall the playground at Howard Beach Park.

Early this year, the city fortified the shoreline at Arthur Ashe Beach in South Shore.

Lake Michigan has receded by a little over 1 foot since this time last year, but the damage at Berger Park happened during storms last year, the CDOT officials said in a note to neighbors.

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