Braemar Park Master Plan
At 500 acres, Braemar Park is the largest recreational space in the City of Edina. It is already home to Braemar Golf Course, Braemar Golf Dome, Braemar Arena, Braemar Field, Courtney Fields Complex and the South Metro Public Safety Training Facility.
What We Are Doing
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 Braemar Park Master Plan balances the most-sought amenities with the park's environmental and natural resource needs. It includes:
- Walking trails
- Mountain biking trails
- Cross-country skiing trails
- Pickleball and platform tennis courts
- Baseball complex improvements
- Wayfinding signs and trail connections
- Natural resource restoration
- Improved parking and access to Braemar Golf Course, Braemar Arena and Courtney Fields
Three amendments to the Braemar Park Master Plan have been proposed in 2022 based on community requests and further studies.
- Special Project Request for Braemar Ice Arena Expansion. This would add a fourth sheet of ice to Braemar Arena, with studies showing rental revenue of this fourth sheet would exceed its costs.
- Arena Complex Capital Infrastructure. The Arena has about $13.5 million of unfunded capital improvement needs, including refrigeration, electrical systems and ADA improvements. These were alluded to in the original master plan but are fully detailed now.
- Facility Needs and Revenue Assessment Study. Demand for community programming space has increased since 2018. This would study the Braemar Golf Course Clubhouse and the Braemar Golf Dome for facility needs, community needs and future revenue potential.
These amendments will be reviewed by the Parks & Recreation Commission and would need to be approved by the Edina City Council.
Read the Staff Report (PDF) on the proposed amendments
The City is pursuing a local option sales tax as a way to fund the Braemar Park Master Plan, significantly upgrade Braemar Arena and fund the Fred Richards Park Master Plan.
The sales tax referendum will go before voters in November 2022.
Visit EdinaatPlay.org to see detailed information about the referendum.
The total amount of the investment plan is $64.6 million that would be financed over a 17-year period. Here’s how that funding would be allocated:
- At Fred Richards Park: $17.7 million would be used to provide a wide range of new amenities, such as new trails, eight new pickleball courts, new basketball courts, accessible playground areas, a pavilion and lawn games area, an improved clubhouse with expanded food and beverage options, and additional parking and access via West 77th Street.
- At Braemar Park: $8.1 million would be invested on a variety of additions, including a new trail system for walking, mountain biking, and cross-country skiing, new pickleball courts and platform tennis courts, upgrades to the baseball complex, a playground, and improved access to Braemar Golf Course, Braemar Arena and Courtney Fields.
- At Braemar Arena: $13.5 million would address critical infrastructure repairs and upgrades, including the HVAC system, roofing, restrooms, locker rooms and rink cooling systems. If the 2022 Legislature approves the City’s request during the current session, the plan would also include an additional investment of $25.3 million to demolish the South Rink and add two new ice rinks, build an improved drop-off/pick-up area, add parking and expand the lobby.
- Visit EdinaatPlay.org for information on the referendum, to ask questions or learn how to schedule a presentation to your organization.
- This project webpage will be updated regularly with the latest information.