Completed Panoway Projects
Great Improvements to the Wayzata Lakeshore
Thanks to the collective efforts of the City of Wayzata and all our donors, Panoway Phase 1 was completed in the summer of 2020.
- Streetscape and Sidewalk Improvements along Lake Street
- Plaza Park
- The Birch Grove
- 911 Memorial
- Broadway Plaza
Street and Sidewalk Improvements
Streetscape and Sidewalk Improvements along Lake Street - A newly reconfigured Lake Street, from Broadway to Ferndale, is improving accessibility and creating a safer environment for pedestrians, cyclists, vehicles, and businesses. The project includes:
- A two-way off-street bike lane on the Southside of the street, providing a seamless connection to the Dakota Rail Regional Trail
- Expanded sidewalks on the north side of the street to enhance shopping and dining experiences
- Dedicated turn lanes at the intersection of Barry and Lake Street, creating smoother trac flow while preserving on-street parking
- Spaces that supplement free public parking throughout downtown
- Upgraded railroad crossings at Barry, Broadway, and Ferndale to greatly enhance safety and accessibility to the lake
- Critical public works upgrades, including water main, storm sewer, and water treatment infrastructure improvements
A new fountain at the intersection of Lake and Walker features jets of water dancing from the ground, providing an opportunity for the young and young at heart to cool on hot summer days. The fountain is surrounded by a garden room where benches originally along the shoreline have been reinstalled.
Located on the lakeside across from Wayzata Marquee Place, the Plaza Park offers a variety of gathering spaces under a shade pavilion. Residents can sit around one of two community hearths, relax in adirondack chairs, dine at the picnic tables, and enjoy the scenery of the lake. The plaza is flanked on both sides by large lawns with stone benches and decorative planters.
The Birch Grove
Just east of Broadway Plaza, the Birch Grove offers a place of quiet reflection, including a 9/11 memorial artifact that pays tribute to Gordy Aamoth, a Wayzata native who was killed in the attack on the World Trade Center.
Serving as the eastern gateway to the newly improved Lake Street, improvements to Broadway Plaza are enhancing the safety and enjoyment of the lakeside. Features include:
- A new, fully-accessible restroom building on the west side of the plaza, including outdoor drinking fountains for public use
- Strings of tivoli lights creating a soly lit canopy over a collection of terrace tables
- An improved railroad crossing to safely connect the plaza to the community docks and a future lakewalk