Wayzata Lake Effect

Wayzata Lake Effect Project Rendering

Wayzata Lake Effect Project

Wayzata Lake Effect is a long-term commitment to reconnect residents to Wayzata’s greatest asset, Lake Minnetonka. 

This work is built on three core values. The Wayzata lakefront will be connected, clean and welcoming:

  • Connected; Make the lakefront safe and connected
  • Clean; Make the lakefront more environmentally sensitive
  • Welcoming; Make the lakefront open to all members of the community.

Lake Effect will give all of us a safe, active and vibrant downtown and public lakefront that protects and celebrates the Lake Minnetonka experience.

Lake Effect is the product of years of community conversation about reconnecting residents to Lake Minnetonka. It began taking shape through a task force that was formed by the City of Wayzata in 2011 to explore lakefront improvements.

With the help of literally hundreds of people from the Fall of 2015 through 2016, the community shaped a vision that takes full advantage of historical assets like the Depot and the Section Foreman’s House, our location right on the lake, and our opportunities to activate the lakefront.

Over many community meetings, a vision emerged that includes:

  • Pedestrian improvements on Lake Street,
  • A new Plaza Park that will create a four-season gathering space where there is now a lakefront parking lot,
  • An Eco Park that will improve lake water quality and create educational opportunities, and
  • A boardwalk that will for the first time give residents direct access to the lake.

Years of community conversations led us to focus on what has become Lake Effect and the public private partnership; the Lake Effect Conservancy.

Lake Effect Conservancy

The City of Wayzata is working in partnership with the Lake Effect Conservancy; a private not for profit organization established in 2016 and governed by a board of community volunteers. The Lake Effect Conservancy is raising private dollars to fund the design and development of the Lake Walk, the Eco Park, programming and numerous other improvements. Learn more about the Conservancy.

Coming in 2020: Lake Street Improvements and Park

The first phase of the Lake Effect will be the renovation of Lake Street from Broadway Avenue to Barry Avenue. Our award winning landscape and urban design firm, Civitas, acting with inputs from residents, is completing design documents for road, pedestrian improvements on Lake Street, an extension to the Dakota Rail Regional Trail and the new Plaza Park that will create a four-season gathering space where the lakefront parking lot sits. Construction is scheduled to begin in Spring 2020.

Project Contact

Jeffrey Dahl, City Manager 952-404-5309