Fred Richards Park is being created from the former Fred Richards Golf Course, which closed in 2014. The 43-acre site, almost double the size of Centennial Lakes Park, will become a multi-use park for a variety of activities year round.
Fred Richards Park will subtly divide into sections, providing different experiences for people and nature.
Playground Is Open
The new playground, the centerpiece of Phase 1 at the park, opened Oct. 18 in the 4400 block of Parklawn Avenue. Come by and give it a try!
Phase I - Complete
This portion of the master plan made multiple improvements to the east end entrance area in the Parklawn neighborhood.
Overall project budget: $300,000 as approved in the Capital Improvement Plan Design services: Confluence Playground designer: Minnesota/Wisconsin Playground Contractor: JL Theis, Inc.
Residents helped pick the safety surface, play structures, style and color of the playground by providing feedback through BetterTogetherEdina.org and in person at open houses and at schools.
Phase I is the only funded phase of the Fred Richards Master Plan.
The City is pursuing a local option sales tax as a way to fund other phases of the Fred Richards Park Master Plan. The tax also would be used to fund the Braemar Park Master Plan, upgrade Braemar Arena, 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 $17.7 million for Fred Richards Park improvements.