Lake Minnetonka is an invaluable resource that improves the quality of life for residents and visitors through access to open space, nature and recreation. Just as importantly, Lake Minnetonka contributes to the social, economic and environmental success of the region.

Building on the extensive community visioning of the Lake Effect Framework in 2013, the Wayzata Lake Effect initiative will redevelop the city’s lakefront and reconnect residents and visitors with this prized natural asset.

As outlined in the Lake Effect Strategic Implementation Plan, the City of Wayzata will:

  • Continue implementing 10 key lakefront projects;
  • Oversee the design of a Signature Project that unites the area’s many assets;
  • Establish a public-private partnership to oversee fundraising for and implementation of lakefront redevelopment.

The City of Wayzata has now launched the process to develop a schematic design for The Lake Effect: Signature Project that restores our lakefront to the foreground and as the gateway to Lake Minnetonka, one of Minnesota’s largest and most beloved lakes.

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