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Construction of Phase 1 began in the spring of 2020. Construction reached substantial completion on September 11, 2020. Some remaining work includes exterior finishes of the restroom building, the railroad crossings at Barry Avenue and Ferndale Road, and the catenary lighting system at Broadway Avenue. The impact to businesses and residents as crews complete these last items will be minimal and is anticipated to be completed by November 2020.
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Panoway on Wayzata Bay will restore, protect and enhance a treasured asset for our community and broader region: Wayzata’s downtown lakefront. Panoway grew out of the Lake Effect initiative which represented the the first step to gather input and develop a new vision for the Wayzata lakefront. Panoway is the next step in implementing the community’s vision. It conveys an identity for the space and helps describe the benefits and uniqueness of the experience that will be created. This multi-phase initiative addresses critical infrastructure needs on Lake Street and along the Lake Minnetonka shoreline. It will also strengthen the connection between downtown Wayzata and Lake Minnetonka, creating a unique and welcoming experience for residents and visitors.
This entire initiative will include almost 3,000 linear feet of lakeshore and over 15 acres of park land. It starts at the Depot and extends east to the Section Foreman House.
No. Originally when the project was being developed a design for the beach area was considered, but the City Council decided to just focus on the current project area – from the Depot to the Section Foreman House.
It is a partnership between the City of Wayzata and the Wayzata Conservancy. The public dollars from the City and other organizations such as Three Rivers Parks are funding the redesign of Lake Street and the Plaza Park – everything north of the railroad tracks (Phase One). In addition, the City did receive a grant from the state specifically for the upgrade of the railroad crossings – this portion will also be included in Phase One. The Boardwalk, the Eco Park and the Depot Park (everything south of the railroad tracks) will be funded with private dollars raised by the Wayzata Conservancy. It is approximately $5 million dollars of public funding and $10 million dollars of private funding.
As a part of this project, the existing “interim docks” will be replaced by permanent wooden docks – approximately in the same location, both at the Depot and the Broadway Railroad Crossings.
Through this project, the lakeshore will be restored to a more natural state and holding ponds will be created to improve water runoff management. The result will be a direct improvement to the lake water quality and ecology, as well as intentional restoration and preservation of Wayzata’s shoreline.
The total cost for the project includes maintenance and operation expenses for the first ten years of the project.
Civitas, an award winning landscape and urban design firm based out of Denver, Colorado is designing all aspects of the project with much input and engagement with the City of Wayzata, community members and stakeholders. The design for this project has already received an award by the American Society of Landscape Architects.