Fred Richards Park will be created from the former Fred Richards Golf Course, which closed in 2014. The 43-acre site, almost double the size of Centennial Lakes Park, is to become a multi-use park for a variety of activities year round. In July 2017, the City Council approved a Master Plan laying out the future park.
“The Fred Richards Park Master Plan creates a very exciting new and unique park in Edina,” said Ann Kattreh, Parks & Recreation Director. “Fred Richards Park will provide opportunities for year-round access, activities, amenities and a restored natural ecosystem for all of Edina’s residents to rest, play and learn.”
Extensive public input including multiple community meetings and surveys helped form the park plans.
Fred Richards Park will subtly divide into sections, providing different experiences for people and nature.
Vision Process: In March of 2014 the City Council accepted the recommendation of staff and the Park Board to close the Fred Richards Golf Course at the end of the 2014 season. The Council requested staff hire a consultant to conduct a re-purpose study for the Fred Richards Golf Course. The result of this process was a Visioning Plan for the Fred Richards.
The visioning process was a critical first step to establishing the re-purpose plan for the Fred Richards Golf Course. The Vision is the desired destination; the Strategic Plan is how to get there.
Following the Council presentation of the proposed vision for the future of Fred Richards Park, the Council asked the proposed vision be further developed. In October 2016, City Council approved the request to secure Confluence to provide the consulting services for the Fred Richards Park Strategic Plan.
Where We Are Now
The strategic plan used the visioning results as the foundation to develop The Fred Richards Park Master Plan. The strategic plan process started in October 2016, using extensive public input, and concluded in July 2017 when the City Council approved the plan.
Where We Want To Go
The construction and development of Fred Richards Park!