While most of the land in Braemar Park already is in use, several opportunities for improvements were identified and explored starting in 2017 with the help of resident input at community meetings and through online surveys.
The Edina City Council unanimously approved the Braemar Park Master Plan on Jan. 3, 2018.That plan, which balances the most-sought amenities with the park's environmental and natural resource needs, includes:
Mountain biking trails
Cross-country skiing trails
Natural resource restoration
Improved parking and access to Braemar Golf Course, Braemar Arena and Courtney Fields
The City is pursuing a local option sales tax as a way to fund the Braemar Park Master Plan, upgrade Braemar Arena, fund the Fred Richards Park Master Plan, create Weber Woods Park and help pay for street reconstruction.
The tax, proposed at 50 cents per $100 taxable purchase in Edina, would raise an estimated $4 million a year for 20 years. It must be approved by the State Legislature, the Governor and then by Edina voters before being enacted.
The tax, if approved, is expected to raise $20.9 million for Braemar Park and Braemar Arena upgrades.
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