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Wayzata is a premier suburb located 11 miles west of downtown Minneapolis. With a population of 4,500 people, Wayzata is a tight-knit community which is known for its vibrant downtown and picturesque setting on Lake Minnetonka. A popular destination for visitors, Wayzata’s downtown is home to a number of specialty shops, boutiques, professional services, and restaurants.

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Gov. Walz Recommends $10M for Wayzata Lake Effect

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz is recommending $10 million for a grant to the City of Wayzata for a boardwalk and for ecological restoration along the shoreline of Lake Minnetonka as a part of the Lake Effect project.


This is a part of a $300 million proposed investment in water quality and infrastructure projects.


In November, City Manager Jeff Dahl stated that he and other city officials met with the Governor’s office to discuss bonding bill funding for the Lake Effect Project.

“This is all in preparation for our ask of $10 million to help with this overall project,” said Dahl at a city council meeting in November. “In late winter, early spring we will be active again in trying to leverage our community support in getting regional support. While it’s for the residents of the city of Wayzata, certainly people come from outside Wayzata and we think it’s appropriate the state pay its fair share.”

On Nov. 14, The City of Wayzata hosted the Minnesota House Capital Investment Committee to learn about the Lake Effect Project.

This follows a visit from a similar committee from the Minnesota Senate a few weeks prior.

The state portion would come from an upcoming legislative bonding bill.

Now, state legislators in St. Paul will review the Governor’s recommendations when the next legislative session begins next month.

The $10 million ask of the state is to fund later stages of the Lake Effect Project. The initial phase will be paid for by the city.


A groundbreaking  is scheduled for March.

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