Wayzata Eyes Big Lakeshore Changes

Posted at: 01/16/2013 9:19 PM
Updated at: 01/16/2013 10:39 PM
By: Jay Kolls

Wayzata's lakefront hasn't seen any major changes in over twenty years. But, that's about to change.

A Lakeshore Task Force just finished receiving input from citizens about what they would like to see improved on Lake Street and the shores of Wayzata Bay. Not surprising, most want better boat access to downtown, maybe even a new public marina. The Task Force says folks are interested in a boardwalk, better parking and maybe more restaurants and a bike trail.

And, one somewhat surprising revelation came out of the Task Force inquiry. It seems most people they talked to definitely want to keep the train and its tracks running through downtown along Wayzata Bay. Most residents think the train adds to the charm of downtown and remains a historical connection to the city's origins. And, they see it as a buffer to keep high-rise condos and commercial buildings from going up and blocking the city's downtown view of Lake Minnetonka.

The Task Force will now present its results of what people want downtown to the City Council next week. The Council will vote to either accept the Phase One findings, or ask the Task Force to go back and do a little more leg work. There is no definitive plan yet and there is no price tag for the project. But, the Task Force says it will take a combination of taxpayer/public financing and private donations to complete the project which could take up to ten years to complete even though minor work could be begin before the end of the year.