In the Spring of 2001, the Chicago Park District proposed negotiating a concession agreement with the Lincoln Park Athletic Club that would have allowed for the operation of an expanded lakefront fitness center at North Avenue Beach and the addition of a rock climbing wall. Alderman Vi Daley sought the Gold Coast Neighbors' input on this proposal.
We met with representatives of the Chicago Park District and the Lincoln Park Athletic Club to discuss the impact on the neighborhood. Many of our directors and members attended the public meeting to voice strong concern with increased traffic and congestion, and the diminished overall aesthetics of the beach and Chicago skyline.
Based on the Gold Coast Neighbors' board voting to oppose the project and the dissent heard from many members at the public meeting, Alderman Daley opposed the project and it did not move forward.