Waconia Community Information

Education

Waconia students are served by the Waconia Public School District. Area students may attend Southview Elementary or Bayview Elementary Schools, Clearwater Middle School and Waconia High School. Private schools include Trinity Lutheran School and St. Joseph Catholic School. Higher education is provided by the nearby Crown College and the University of Minnesota, which is located closer to the Twin Cities.

Recreation

In the summer, area residents enjoy sailing, boating, windsurfing and fishing in Lake Waconia. The populace can swim at the beach or picnic and play at the adjacent park. When hitting the green, residents can golf overlooking the lake at Island View Golf, one of the most acclaimed courses in the area. Additionally, residents can visit one of the many parks for picnicking, sports fields and relaxing, including Baylor Regional Park, Lake Minnewashta Regional Park and Lake Waconia Regional Park. Additional points of interest include the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, the Carver Park Reserve & Lowry Nature Center, the Andrew Peterson Farm, and Safari Island. Sports fans can take in a professional sports game of the Minnesota Timberwolves, Vikings or Twins in Minneapolis.

Local Events

Area events dot the calendar year round, including the winter and spring Vintage and Antique Snowmobile Event and the Lake Waconia Band Festival. Summertime boasts the sidewalk sales and extended hours of The Longest Day, the Lake Waconia Triathlon, the family favorite 4th of July Fireworks, the Carver County Fair (which features carnival rides, tractor pulls, animals and local food), or participate in Nickle Dickle Day, featuring a craft show, car show and athletic events. Fall beckons the residents to take part in Homespun Holidays with unique holiday shopping, tree lighting and live entertainment.

Economy

As a growing economy, Waconia offers many resources to encourage business growth within city limits. To help foster economic strength, the city of Waconia offers a Revolving Loan Fund Program and is also a member of the Twin Cities Community Capital Fund (TCCCF) to develop and finance metro area business. Major employers within Waconia include the Ridgeview Medical Center, Medallion Cabinetry, the Good Samaritan Center, Milltronics CNC Machines and Waconia Public Schools.

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