Heritage Park at Batson’s Corner
1106 Wayzata Blvd E, Wayzata MN 55391
With Memorial Day being celebrate later this month, it is appropriate we direct our attention to the southeast corner of Wayzata Boulevard and Central Ave., Wayzata’s busiest intersection and home to a small corner Wayzata park know as Heritage Park at Batson’s Corner.
Heritage Park Wayzata MN
Sum and Jeraldine Batson bought four acres on this corner in 1911 with the plan to build a home and have a ‘hobby farm’ with a small barn, chicken coops, a vegetable garden and an apple orchard. Sam soon opened a real estate office in his home as many urbanites migrated to the village. He built a Shell gas station on the corner in 1925 to employ his three young sons, which, in addition to selling the farm’s eggs, honey, and apple cider, sustained them through the depression years and stayed open through World War II. The Batsons lived on that corner for over 50 years. The station was leased to Clark Oil from 1954 into the mid-1970’s. The City purchased the site in the late 1990’s and established it as a park to honor men and women who served our country in the armed forces.
Heritage Park Wayzata MN hosts annual Memorial Day and Veterans Day celebrations as well as a variety of community gatherings. The park features several perennial gardens and landscaped green spaces, flagpole, a short walking path of bricks honoring loved ones, and benches for peaceful reflection. We’ve all driven past Batson’s Corner countless times, but if you haven’t taken the time to stroll into the park, do it for a few moments, and maybe recall precious memories of a loved one who is no longer with you, in a quiet haven in the midst of the bustling center of the city.
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.