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Initiative

The Wayzata Lake Effect is a community-wide multi-year initiative to redevelop Wayzata’s greatest asset for the 21st century. The initiative is composed of multiple components and phases.

Framework

Phase I: Building the Lake Effect Framework (2012-2014)

In July 2012, the City of Wayzata retained the Saint Paul Riverfront Corporation (SPRC) to carry out the Community Planning and Engagement process for the purpose of creating a 10 Year Lakefront Plan. The outcome of this intensive, 16-month initiative is a menu of possible projects that could be catalysts for downtown Wayzata revitalization.

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Strategic Plan

Phase II: Implementation Strategy (2014-2016)
The Wayzata City Council took an important step toward a revitalized, destination waterfront on December 2, 2014, with the approval of the Implementation Strategy for the Lake Effect Framework. City Council members, staff, and consultant Mary deLaittre of Groundwork: The Foundation for City Building, worked to create an implementation strategy through a three-month process.

Among the recommendations is to unite a series of the small-scale projects identified in the Framework into one priority Signature Project, the central lakefront. The central lakefront is defined as the area from the Section Foreman’s House west to Shaver Park from Lake Street to the lakefront.

Strategic Plan Action Steps

  • Implement 10 Priority Projects that can be developed in the short-term and which improve Wayzata’s livability and vitality.
  • Create a Comprehensive Signature Project that unites disparate Projects in a comprehensive redevelopment of the lakefront.
  • Build a Supporting Organization comprising civic and government leaders to oversee Lake Effect development and fundraising.

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Implementation Strategy

Priority Projects

In August 2015, McCormick’s Beachside hosted a preview party at its lakefront location, in advance of the official grand opening in spring 2016. This beach concession is just one of eight Priority Projects that the City of Wayzata and its partners have already completed or have underway. Others include:

  • Interim Docks
  • Foreman House Landscape
  • Parking Study
  • East Buffer Landscape and Traffic Circle
  • Eastman Lane and Bike Lane

Signature Project

A community as distinctive as Wayzata deserves a community center that showcases its distinguishing qualities. The Lake Effect Signature Project will do just that – take a set of disconnected sites and physical features and unite them into one exceptional destination.

The Signature Project is the key recommendation in the 2014 Lake Effect Implementation Strategy, and builds on the core values found in the 2014 Lake Effect Framework. The aim of the Signature Project is to create a lakefront gathering place where the community can “Be Wayzata.”

Design Team & Deliverables

In September 2015, the City of Wayzata announced the selection of the Signature Project Design Team. Denver-based Civitas led a multi-disciplinary team that delivered the following in April 2016:

  • A schematic design of all physical features
  • Estimates of capital costs and long-term maintenance and operations
  • A construction phasing plan

Civitas, a renowned landscape architecture and urban design firm, worked with a multi-disciplinary team of consultants:

Wayzata Lake Effect: Signature Project

Designer Selection Committee

  • Dan Baasen - Board Chair, Lake Minnetonka Conservation District and Senior Vice President at Northland Securities
  • Janis Callison – Chair, Hennepin County Board of Commissioners
  • Bruce Chamberlain - Principal, LOAM Inc. and Fellow, Minneapolis Parks Foundation
  • Sherry Davis White - President, Board of Managers, Minnehaha Creek Watershed District and Community Leader
  • Holly Evans – Board Member, Wayzata Park and Trails Board and Owner/Co-Founder, Wai Nani Surf & Paddle
  • Tom Fisher - Director, Metropolitan Design Center and Dayton Hudson Chair in Urban Design, College of Design, University of Minnesota
  • Lynn Gruber - Planning Commissioner, Wayzata Planning Commission and Founder / President, Summit Solutions Unlimited
  • Kjersti Monson - Director, Long Range Planning, Community Planning & Economic Development, City of Minneapolis
  • Andrew Mullin – Council Member, City of Wayzata and Director of New Business Development at Lifetouch
  • Sue Sorrentino – Board Member, Wayzata Heritage Preservation Board, Board Member, Wayzata Historical Society and Community Leader
  • Jonathan Vlaming - Associate Superintendent, Planning, Design & Technology, Three Rivers Park District
  • Kenneth A. Willcox – Mayor, City of Wayzata and Vice President, Co-owner/founder Tartan Transportation Systems, Inc. & Delta-Waseca, Inc.,

The Design Process

Design is a process of gathering information and developing ideas, in a series of iterative steps. The Design Team – together with Lake Effect Signature Project consultants and committees, and with community input – completed the following steps:

8 December – Design Principles, Programming Plan, Market Assessment

12 January – Design Principles and Design Alternatives

26 January – Design Alternative Assessment

March – Schematic Design/Vision Celebrated

April – Formal City Council Approval

Steering Committee

  • Dan Baasen Board Chair, Lake Minnetonka Conservation District and Senior VP Northland Securities
  • Janis Callison Chair, Hennepin County Board of Commissioners
  • Sherry Davis White President, Board of Managers, Minnehaha Creek Watershed District
  • Holly Evans Board Member, Wayzata Park and Trails Board and Owner, Wai Nani
  • Tom Fisher Director, Metropolitan Design Center College of Design, University of Minnesota
  • Lynn Gruber Planning Commissioner, Wayzata Planning Commission and President, Summit Solutions
  • Susan Johnson Retired psychotherapist, Community volunteer
  • Jennifer Munt Council Member Metropolitan Council
  • John Nolan Principal Nolan Properties Group
  • David Osmek State Senator
  • Keith Parker Regional Director, DNR
  • Sue Sorrentino Board Member, Wayzata Heritage Preservation Board and Wayzata Historical Society
  • Boe Carlson, Superintendent or Penny Steele, Commissioner Three Rivers Park District
  • Kenneth A. Willcox Mayor, City of Wayzata
  • Rufus Winton Director, Sawmill Private Management

Technical Committee

  • Renae Clark - Minnehaha Creek Watershed District
  • Andrew Gillett – Hennepin County
  • Greg Nybeck - Lake Minnetonka Conservation District
  • Jonathan Vlaming – Three Rivers Park District
  • Kate Drewry - DNR
  • Freya Thammen – Met Council