Olmsted County renames White Bridge Pier to Lake Zumbro Park; park's master plan shared with board of commissioners

Lake Zumbro Park
Today the Olmsted County Parks department shared its master plan for Lake Zumbro Park, the new name of the park formerly known as White Bridge Pier and White Bridge Fishing Access. Since the park is being expanded from one acre to nearly four acres due to the county’s acquisition of land near the park, a new master plan is needed to reflect that expansion as well as the park’s new name. This process also begins a five-year cycle to update the master plans for all Olmsted County parks. 

“We are excited about our new name of this park – Lake Zumbro Park,” said Olmsted County Park Superintendent Karlin Ziegler. “The name was changed to provide more geographical context. And, since this park has more recreation potential beyond a fishing pier, the name is more reflective of that.”

To create the Lake Zumbro Park master plan, thought was given to the park’s entire area as well as to accessibility needs. As stated in the plan, improvements are needed to the park, but not major amenity changes.   

Short-term priorities (0-5 years)

  • Work on the double landing boat launch, parking lot, and the large retaining wall.
  • Installation of the ADA accessible personal watercraft (kayak and canoe) dock.

Mid-term priorities (5-10 years)

  • Moving the peninsula parking lot to provide more green space. 
  • Constructing the centrally featured pavilion shelter and restrooms.

Long-term priorities (10+ years)

  • Transform the peninsula with new piers and natural shorelines.

The new Lake Zumbro Park name is effective immediately; however, it will take some time for Olmsted County Parks materials and signage to be updated. Olmsted County expects these materials to be updated by early 2021. 

The Olmsted County Board of Commissioners will vote on the Lake Zumbro Park master plan at its meeting on December 3, 2020 at 3 p.m.