City Hall Park Wayzata
620 Rice Street East
Wayzata, MN 55391
There is no better place anywhere on Lake Minnetonka to catch a mid-summer breeze and page through a book, from the high overlook nearby the Wayzata City Hall and Library, enjoying the spectacular view of the surrounding gardens and Wayzata Bay just to the south.
City Hall, the Wayzata Library and gardens are all located on the original site of the public square, first designated, surveyed, and platted in 1854 by city founder Oscar Garrison. The site was also known to locals as Bald Hill, and because of the wonderful view of the lake.
President Taft Compliments view
City Hall Park Wayzata was popular for picnicking, open-air concerts, parades, and eventually as a baseball diamond for local teams keeping up with the meteoric rise in popularity of that sport. In 1911, President Willinm Howard Taft, while on tour of the country with a delegation of forty members of a Japanese diplomatic delegation, remarked that he considered the panoramic view across Lake Minnetonka from Bald Hill to be the highlight of his sightseeing tour.
This remark prompted the Village Council to consider offering the site as a possible location for a summer White House (which didn’t work). When city hall and the library, which had been located at Lake Street and Manitoba since 1904, burned to the ground in 1955, they both were relocated to the current hilltop site.
Now back to that part about reading and relaxing with the amazing gardens and view of Wayzata Bay; strategically located benches and Adirondack chairs are available, plus public restrooms during library hours. Give it a try – you owe yourself a break to kick back a bit, and you won’t be disappointed.
Information and pictures courtesy of the City of Wayzata Parks & Trail Board, republished on Wayzata.com under authority of the Minnesota Legislature and the Minnesota Data Practices Act – Chapter 13.