(Wayzata, MN – August 4, 2016) Wayzata City Council approved plans for the Lake Effect Park on Wednesday, August 3, 2016.

Scope of the Lake Effect Implementation Plan:

  • Transforming the Lake Edge—Build lake edge improvements from “Eco Park” to the Depot, including restored wetland and renovated Section Foreman House, the boardwalk with improved connections to the Depot and Boat Works and lake edge ecological restoration, two enhanced railroad crossings and the transformation of the Lake/Broadway parking lot into an Urban Park (contingent upon Council approval of the Mill Street Parking Ramp).
  • Pop-Up Park—If the Council approves the building of the Mill Street Parking Ramp, design and construct a temporary or Pop-Up park, and schedule varying programing ideas, at the existing Lake/Broadway parking lot to test the community use preferences of the space.
  • Enhancing Lake Street—Redesign and build Lake Street to be more pedestrian/bike friendly with a new road, enhanced streetscape and safer, protected bike path connecting to the Dakota Trail.

The Council also approved the City of Wayzata/Lake Effect Conservancy Public-Private Partnership Agreement, which defines private and public fundraising roles and responsibilities of each institution.

Next Steps

  • Initiate the nine-month Environmental Assessment and public comment period.
  • Develop accurate cost estimates for the now defined Phase 1 project scope.
  • Begin fundraising for capital and maintenance + operations costs.

The new park will provide a vastly improved lakefront that will be more accessible, ecologically healthy and beautiful. For the first time in 100 years, people will be able to safely cross the railroad tracks and walk the downtown lakefront. The lakeshore will be restored to its natural condition. The quality of rainwater that flows into the lake will be improved. Residents will be able to stroll, and dip their toes into the water as never before.

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