LOGAN SQUARE — Construction is well underway on the new Humboldt Park Beach.
A large area of the park surrounding the former beach has been fenced off, and construction crews were busy digging Friday afternoon.
The beach, closed last year for the first time in more than 40 years, is expected to reopen in July, according to Jessica Maxey-Faulkner, a Chicago Park District spokeswoman.
Officials said they hope to improve on the previous beach, plagued by poor water quality due to its shallow depth and design.
The beach, 1400 N. Sacramento Ave., is behind the Humboldt Park field house.
The budget for the rebuild is expected to be within about $1 million, according to Maxey-Faulkner.
The biggest improvements for water quality will be a 10-foot deep cold water hole that will reduce the overall temperature of the swimming area and slow the growth of algae.
The project also includes creating a pathway to split the former lagoon into two bodies of water, one for swimming and another that will become a natural lagoon similar to those found around the park.
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