Thursday Doors – Lake Springfield Beach House

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The Beach House is located in Center Park, just north of Lindsay Bridge on the north end of Lake Springfield, Springfield, Illinois. The facility accommodates up to 215 people. It consists of two large rooms connected by a central foyer and contains two decorative fireplaces, a large outdoor patio, and a kitchen with a stove/oven, refrigerator, ice machine, and a serving counter. City Water Light & Power (CWLP) can provide tables and chairs for approximately 200 people. The Beach House is available for rent daily from 10 a.m.-10 p.m., April through December. A rental fee, security deposit (refundable provided no damages or excessive clean up), and a non-refundable deposit that is credited toward the rental fee are required. For an additional hourly fee, renters can choose to keep the building until midnight.

Beach House rental does not include access to the beach.

Beach Park is 4.78 acres. It is located across Long Bay Drive from Center Park and is adjacent to the Lindsay Bridge Boat Launch. The park has few amenities other than some picnic tables, but it offers a restful place to sit and enjoy a fabulous view of the lake.

The Beach House is handicap-accessible, as well as some other parts of Beach Park.

The above is taken from the Springfield, IL CWLP website.

The lower level of the Beach House has shower and locker facilities (or used to) and you can see the arched doorway opening onto the sand beach area in the center of the pictures. A 16 year old male (who couldn’t swim) drowned in the swimming area on July 14, 2007. The swimming facilities were shut down for the remainder of the 2007 season, did not reopen in 2008, and reopened in 2009 for only a very short time before being permanently closed.

The two arched doorways, on either side of the chimney, are boarded up as you can see, but the boards are removed (by city workers using power screwdrivers I believe) whenever the facility has been rented out. The same is true for the doorways on the park side of the facility.

Doors are the focus of Norm 2.0 every Thursday. You can see more doors at his website, HERE

4 thoughts on “Thursday Doors – Lake Springfield Beach House

  1. The city was sued back in 2008, and the case has been in the courts ever since… an initial ruling found the city liable for a sum over $1 million…. So yes, huge liability… I used to swim there back when I was training for triathlons, Now I just drift by on my sailboat! 🙂

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  2. it’s so sad that it’s still closed…i have vague memories of going there when i was a kid. i have a hazy recollection of goin into those old, old locker rooms, and then splashing though some water to get out onto the beach. hmm, i guess that was to clean your feet? which seems so funny since the lake is so dirty!

    It’s a nice place for an event, with such a lovely view. i went to a wedding reception there many years ago, as well as a couple of other events. at least they haven’t torn it down.

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