Wayzata Lake Effect – Lakefront Planning Initiative

Wayzata, Minnesota

In fall 2012, the City of Wayzata sought to engage as many people from the community as possible to develop a 10-year plan for their beloved lakefront. Saint Paul Riverfront Corporation (SPRC), teamed with SRF, led an intensive 16-month community engagement process that included special events, small group sessions, community-led committees, interviews, surveys, community design workshops, and online surveys. More than 600 ideas from residents, businesses, and community members were compiled.

Through the engagement process, a set of core values that reflected the community’s aspirations for the future of the lakefront emerged. These values became the framework to evaluate project ideas and to guide the vision for the lakefront.

SRF facilitated design workshops with SPRC and City staff to create a methodology to prioritize community input and evaluate design concepts. SRF helped produce three concepts that provided a phased implementation plan and participated in the development of probable implementation costs.

The final lakefront plan aims to balance the desire to promote the lakefront community through year-round attractions to draw more visitors into town for a robust, vibrant downtown core, while honoring the small-town character and charm of Wayzata.

CLIENT: SPRC and City of Wayzata