The City of Waite Park is conveniently located on the western edge of St. Cloud, approximately 70 miles northwest of the Twin Cities. Incorporated as a village in 1893, the actual development of Waite Park began in the mid-1800s as travelers crossed the Sauk River and dubbed the area "Waite's Crossing."
Through decades of residential and commercial growth, Waite Park has retained its connectivity and hometown culture while serving as a valuable hub of industry. Today more than 7400 people live in this thriving community.
Parks & Trails
Waite Park is home to eight active city parks, offering a wide range of amenities including: baseball and softball fields, open space and trails, splash pad, pickleball courts, playground equipment, and a nine-hole disc golf course.
• Bartz Park - baseball and softball fields at 13th Avenue South and Division Street
• Lions Park - Angus Acres area
• Jagiello Park - 3rd Street and 1st Avenue North
• River’s Edge Park - with two outdoor skating rinks during the winter months and a splash pad for
hot summer days
• Community Park - has a pavilion (with kitchen facilities, bathrooms and indoor seating for up to
80 people) which residents can rent year-round
• Quarry Park - a 643-acre regional, county-owned park with nature trails and swimming quarries
The Healthy Living Trail is a community fitness opportunity located along Third Street North. Free and open for public use, it provides a paved trail for residents with ten independent exercise stations.
Crossroads Center opens its doors before business hours to provide a year-round, climate-controlled environment for indoor walking.
Woven into the culture of the community is a passion for America’s favorite pastime, baseball. The Waite Park Babe Ruth Association seeks to provide a safe, fun, developmental experience for youth and families of Central Minnesota through participation in baseball and softball activities.
From preschool to higher education, the Waite Park area offers several educational options. The city falls within St. Cloud School District 742 which has six preschools, eight elementary schools, three middle level schools, two senior high schools and three alternative schools.
Waite Park and the surrounding area are also home to several parochial and private schools.
Many options for post-secondary education are also available in the area:
Situated conveniently near three highway systems (Interstate 94, U.S. Highway 15 and Minnesota Highway 23), Waite Park is a prime location for industrial, commercial and retail business.
Industrial and Commercial Opportunities
Waite Park is home to a diverse mix of commercial and industrial businesses, including mining, manufacturing and service industries, many of which are locally owned and operated.
Shovel ready sites of varying sizes and zoning classifications are available within city limits. Additional land is available adjacent to Highway 15 and on Highway 23, including several properties with rail access.
Recent developments include:
Silver Leaf Hotel project—a combined Hilton Garden Inn, Marriott Residence Inn, and a 30,000 sq. ft. event center, set to open in late 2018
Luther Honda dealership
Dick’s Sporting Goods
Fresh Thyme Market
Waite Park officials are currently in the planning stages for an outdoor amphitheater to be located on a former quarry pond and park space within the city. Plans call for seating for 4,000, and the ability to host a variety of performers and community events. Community leaders view this as a unique opportunity that will benefit Waite Park and the entire region.
A Robust Retail Destination
The retail and service industry remains the largest employment category in the area. Crossroads Center (located in St. Cloud and Waite Park) is the largest shopping mall outside the Twin Cities metro area and a retail destination for the region.
Waite Park has managed a growing demand for infrastructure as the city has changed from a small river town to a bustling economic hub.
“Our city leaders promote careful and deliberate growth strategies to ensure long-term success that makes the most of available resources.”
—Jon Noerenberg, Planning & Community Development Director, City of Waite Park
In 2016, the City of Waite Park expanded by approximately 2.7 square miles due to annexed areas on the western side of the community. Much of this area has frontage access and visibility from Highway 23 and from Interstate 94. City utilities will be added over time, as development occurs, to minimize costs to current property owners.
Did you know? Waite Park was named one of the best places to start a business in Minnesota (NerdWallet 2015).
Population: 6,680 based on 2012 U.S. Census Bureau estimate
Estimated Median Household Income: $38,775
Access: Minnesota State Highways 23 and 15; US Interstate 94; Stearns County Road 75
Schools: Waite Park is part of the St. Cloud Area School District
Governance: Waite Park is located in Stearns County
City of Waite Park
Waite Park Family Fun Fest
A week-long city celebration during the month of June, this festival draws thousands for the grand parade and family-friendly activities.
Night to Unite
Neighborhoods all over the community hold block parties on the first Tuesday in August to strengthen neighborhood relationships and police-community partnerships.
Police Chief David Bentrud hosts coffee and conversation for area residents the second Thursday of every month at Waite Park City Hall.
Service & Community Organizations
Waite Park is home to several organizations, which bring camaraderie, support and improved quality of life to the community, including: