Wayzata Lake Effect

One of the Strategic Initiatives of the Wayzata City Council is the Lake Effect Park Project. This proposed project, as defined in the recently approved resolution at the August 3, 2016 City Council Meeting, is the culmination of several years of a wide spectrum of community feedback. Please note that this project is primarily dependent on private fund raising on behalf of the City’s partnership with the Lake Effect Conservancy.

The Lake Minnetonka shoreline is one of Wayzata’s greatest treasures – Lake Effect Park will build on the vitality of the community asset to become a glimmering gem in the heart of the city. The park will improve lakefront access for residents, benefiting the community as a whole. Equally important are the positive impacts that the park willake effect boardwalkl have on lake ecology, helping to preserve this resource to be enjoyed by future generations.

Phase 1

The first phase of the project extends from the Section Foreman House to Boat Works and from Lake Street to the water’s edge. A meandering continuous boardwalk, the Lake Walk, will extend from the Broadway community docks to the historic Depot. Along the length is a series of elevated terraces providing many opportunities for residents to sit along the lake edge and dip their toes in the water. The entire shoreline will be restored to its natural ecological state.lake effect section foreman house design view

To the east of the Lake Walk is a proposed Eco Park, a restored historic shoreline marsh that also serves to improve water quality. A fishing pier extends into Lake Minnetonka and an environmental education center is housed within the historic Section Foreman House, providing a convenient location for local schools to come and learn about diverse ecosystems as well as an intergenerational community center.

Lake effect design

Lake Street will be redesigned to be more pedestrian and bicycle friendly, with a signature urban park replacing the Broadway Municipal parking lot. This year round park space will include café seating, a retail kiosk, landscaping and shade trees to create a relaxed urban experience with expansive views of Lake Minnetonka. The space will be highly adaptable to support a variety of community events.

DRAFT Dates and Milestones

  • August 2016 - April 2017
    Environmental Assessment, maintenance and operations cost estimate, agreement with BNSF Railroad
  • August 2016
    Conservancy launch and Lake Effect Park fundraising begins
  • April - September 2017
    Design development/construction documents and permitting
  • October - December 2017
    Final cost estimates and phasing
  • January/February 2018
    Construction begins if funds secured

Lake Effect Conservancy

The Lake Effect Conservancy advocates and raises private philanthropic funds for development, maintenance, and operating costs of the Lake Effect Park project. Visit the Lake Effect Wayzata Conservancy website for more details.

View the Wayzata Lake Effect Board Walk Campaign.

Project Contact

Jeffrey Dahl, City Manager at 952-404-5309
Jeff Thomson, Planning and Building Director at 952-404-5312