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Evanston city staff will ask aldermen tonight to approve an ordinance that would ban people from the rock revetment along the lakefront.

In a memo to aldermen, Public Works Director Dave Stoneback says large waves during storms this winter have caused erosion of the earth under the rocks “making them less stable and more prone to shifting.”

He’s proposing a new ordinance that would say “no person shall climb onto, walk, run, stand or sit upon the rock revetment anywhere along the city owned lakefront.”

Stoneback also says city staff plans to install signs reading “Caution – Unstable Rocks – Keep Off” along the lakefront, either on metal signposts or spray-painted with a stencil directly on the rocks.

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Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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7 Comments

  1. Curious whether NU will

    Curious whether NU will follow suit should this pass…certainly their ‘rocks’ are no less a danger to people than those +500 meters south of NU’s landfill.

    1. NU signs…

      During the Jan. 11 storm this year I noticed signs like this posted along the NU campus shorline….

      Not quite the same thing, But close.

      — Bill

  2. I don’t think anyone needs a

    I don’t think anyone needs a sign to know that climbing on rocks is dangerous. I doubt the people who are going to climb on them are deterred by all the extra ugly signage. Commen sense please?

    1. That was My Initial Thought

      but if there is a law and signs are posted, it may reduce nuisance lawsuits against the city.

    2. On the contrary, I don’t

      On the contrary, I don’t think climbing on the rocks is dangerous for most people who would choose to do so. 

    3. Climbing rocks

      I have lived here for 30 years and never felt that climbing big boulders at the lakefront is dangerous.  If things have shifted, I understand.  But I don’t believe I lack common sense.  

  3. Unstable rocks

    I HATE so many regulations by governments and so many legal actions by residents.

    Cant Evanston put a sign that says,

    “THESE ROCKS ARE VERY UNSTABLE. 

    IF YOU CLIMB THEM IS AT YOUR OWN RISK. 

    EVANSTON TAXPAYERS TAKE NO RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOUR ACTIONS OR THOSE OF YOUR FAMILY

    NO LEGAL ACTIONS WILL BE RECOGNIZED”.

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