EXCELSIOR — Excelsior Art on the Lake has a new home this year.
The annual event has been moved from The Commons Park, where it is traditionally held, to Water Street, the Excelsior-Lake Minnetonka Chamber of Commerce said in a May 28 news release.
The Chamber, along with Excelsior city staff and City Council members, decided to move the event to an alternative location because the park is still very damp from “record-breaking precipitation” this spring, the release says.
According to the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District (MCWD), the start of the year has been “exceptionally wet” in the Twin Cities. In a tweet on May 28, the National Weather Service in Chanhassen said the Twin Cities have picked up 15.61 inches of precipitation between Jan. 1 and May 27, which is the third most on record (record keeping began in 1871).
Moving Art on the Lake will help protect the “fragile condition of the park and allow it to dry completely,” the release says.
Excelsior City Manager Kristi Luger told Lakeshore Weekly News the turf conditions are due to the heavy rainfall and not the Ice Castles, which occupied a portion of The Commons Park for three months over the winter.
Luger said there is some minor damage to the park’s turf due to the heavy rainfall but the decision to move the Art on the Lake event was to avoid extensive damage to the park from usage before the park has had a chance to dry completely.
Art on the Lake will be held on Water Street from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on June 8 and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on June 9. Water Street will be closed between 3rd Street and Lake Street, with the lot on the corner of Lake Street and Water Street being used for food vendors and live music.
“We understand this will create a diversion for local traffic between June 7-9, so we appreciate the patience and cooperation of residents, visitors and business owners,” the news release said.
Detour signs will be posted, the Chamber said in the release.
The event’s website is www.excelsior-lakeminnetonkachamber.com/excelsior-art-on-the-lake.html.