While most of the land in Braemar Park already is in use, several opportunities for improvements were identified and explored:
Finding ways to better connect the facilities inside the park
Improving access into the park
Natural resource improvement
Better stormwater management
Updating and improving the entrances to Braemar Golf Course and Braemar Arena and improvements to Courtney Fields.
In June 2017 the City began the process to develop a Master Plan for Braemar Park. Input from residents at community meetings and from online surveys helped determine what amenities were most sought along with balancing the park's environmental and sustainability needs.
Where We Are
The Edina City Council unanimously approved the Braemar Park Master Plan on Jan. 3, 2018.That plan includes:
Mountain biking trails
Cross-country skiing trails
Natural resource restoration
Improved parking and access to Braemar Golf Course, Braemar Arena and Courtney Fields
In approving the Master Plan, the City Council directed the Parks & Recreation Commission to develop phases for the plan. Mayor Jim Hovland and other council members want some of the most-sought amenities, such as trails, developed as early as possible.
The Parks & Recreation Commission is working on recommendations for project phases, balancing natural resource needs, amenities and costs.
Also in 2019, the City will pursue funding options. The full project price is estimated at $8.1 million. Costs of phases will be better developed as work begins on the Design Phase, where the concepts of the Master Plan are refined and detailed plans to execute them are developed.
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