Parks and Trails

September/October 2017



Your Wayzata Parks and Trails Board appreciates all who visited our booth during the annual James J. Hill Days. We especially appreciate those who took time to offer us feedback on our programs and share their ideas for enhancing our parks.

A popular feature of our booth was the mini-bocce ball court. Many children stopped to roll a few balls, and one hungry dog tried to swallow one of them. We were surprised at the number of people who told us they already played bocce ball but did not know about the two City-owned bocce ball courts near the Bell Tennis Courts. (Now they know!)

Our display of the proposed platform tennis court facility generated a lot of interest. Before giving final approval for this new facility, the City Council wants to determine residents’ level of interest in adding this new activity to our park offerings. We encourage you to provide your feedback to members of the City Council and the Parks and Trails Board.

(Photo above: One of two bocce ball courts near the Bell Tennis Courts available to the public. Photo by Molly MacDonald)
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Almost 350 volunteers came together last spring to plant trees, shrubs and native perennials on Bushaway Road. Photo by Merrily Borg Babcock


Have you taken a walk or bike ride along the new trail that runs from McGinty/Eastman crossroads to the Grays Bay Bridge and beyond via our historic Bushaway Road? Did you know that for more than ten years Bushaway residents and civic leaders worked with City and county staff to adapt transportation engineering concepts in order to retain much of the historic beauty of Bushaway, the eastern gateway to downtown Wayzata? Without their efforts, road construction might have felled more than 700 trees and eliminated Bushaway’s graceful curving route. Last spring, when the project was completed, close to 350 volunteers gave their time to plant new trees and shrubs to enhance areas where trees were lost.  We are grateful for their contribution to Lake Minnetonka heritage and the beauty of our City.
big woods
Photo by Merrily Borg Babcock


It won’t be long now. The City park known as the Wayzata Big Woods will soon be alive with red and gold maples – always a spectacular autumn scene welcoming people as they approach the eastern entrance to our City. It is one of the best times of year to take a walk through the woods.

Newcomers to town sometimes do not realize that the Big Woods is a public park, open to all.  The private recovery organization known as The Retreat owns the “donut hole” of land that is surrounded by the City-owned woods, but there are public parking spaces for Big Woods visitors and a path that meanders through the park and up the knoll on the south side. All are welcome to enjoy in all seasons, but especially in the fall.

A conservation easement covers the Wayzata Big Woods to preserve for future generations this remnant of the historic hardwood forest that once covered the land that became Wayzata and 6500 square miles of Minnesota.
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Wayzata volunteers perform valuable services for our community, including in our City parks. Mayor Ken Willcox and Volunteer Coordinator Lynn McCarthy were among those who planted new trees in Shaver Park. Photo by Merrily Borg Babcock


The City needs men, women and high school student volunteers to plant trees, shrubs and perennials on Saturday, September 30, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. near Gleason Lake Road and Highway 12. Volunteers will help beautify and improve the gateway entrance to Wayzata, in conjunction with the City’s Public Works Department and MNDOT’s Community Roadside Landscape Partnership. This is Phase One of a multiple phase beautification program and volunteer support is vital. Please contact Lynn McCarthy at to sign up.



Now open on the east edge of the Presbyterian Homes complex, just off Circle A Drive, is a small play area for young children. This playground, open to neighborhood children and visitors, was part of the original design for the Presbyterian Homes complex.



The beach remains open, but all should be aware that there are no lifeguards on duty until next summer.


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