New Wayzata Shoreline Plans Take Shape

Updated: 06/20/2013 7:40 AM By: Jay Kolls

Wayzata will, in the near future, have a much different look along its Lake Minnetonka shoreline. 

We are now starting to get an idea of what some of those changes will look like. City and business leaders have been taking ideas from citizens to get some direction on what the newly redeveloped shoreline should look like.

Terri Huml sits on the "Lake Effect Wayzata" committee. She tells KSTP the number one priority from most citizens is "incorporating the shoreline with the downtown business district."

Huml says people overwhelmingly want more boat docks and possibly a pier over the water similar to the Santa Monica Pier in California only smaller in scale. Huml says there is also a strong desire to have a boardwalk along the shoreline and some seasonal rentals of kayaks, canoes and other rentals that put people on the water, or closer to the water.

Huml says people want to keep the James J. Hill railroad tracks and they do not want to lose the historic train depot as well.

The design portion of this project is now about half-completed. By the end of the year there will be drawings and the final concept will be ready for public hearings. Then city council will vote sometime after the first of the year, says Huml.

How much this project will cost has not yet been determined.