Lake Effect Project

The Lake Minnetonka shoreline is one of Wayzata’s greatest treasures – the Lake Effect Project will build on the vitality of the community asset to become a glimmering gem in the heart of the city. The park will improve lakefront access for residents, benefiting the community as a whole. Equally important are the positive impacts that the park will have on lake ecology, helping to preserve this resource to be enjoyed by future generations.

The project also includes improvements along Lake Street, including a new urban park that will replace the Municipal Parking Lot at Broadway and Lake Street.

Project Details

The project extends from the Section Foreman House to the Depot and from Lake Street to the water’s edge. A meandering continuous boardwalk, the Lake Walk, will extend from the Broadway community docks to the historic Depot. Along the length is a series of elevated terraces providing many opportunities for residents to sit along the lake edge and dip their toes in the water. The entire shoreline will be restored to its natural ecological state.

To the east of the Lake Walk is a proposed Eco Park, a restored historic shoreline marsh that also serves to improve water quality. A pier extends into Lake Minnetonka and an environmental education center is housed within the historic Section Foreman House, providing a convenient location for local schools to come and learn about diverse ecosystems as well as an intergenerational community center.

Lake Street will be redesigned to be more pedestrian and bicycle friendly, with a signature urban park replacing the Broadway Municipal parking lot. This year round park space will include café seating, a retail kiosk, landscaping and shade trees to create a relaxed urban experience with expansive views of Lake Minnetonka. The space will be highly adaptable to support a variety of community events.

DRAFT Dates and Milestones

  • July 2016 - December 2017
    Environmental Assessment, maintenance and operations cost estimate, agreement with BNSF Railroad
  • August 2016
    Conservancy launch and Lake Effect Project fundraising begins
  • January 2018 - December 2018
    Design development/construction documents and permitting, final cost estimates and phasing.
  • January/February 2019
    Construction begins if funds secured