A new way to play in Edina.


A new way to play in Edina.


A new way to play in Edina.


Edinans work hard and play hard. Right now, two of our best places to play --
Fred Richards Park and Braemar Park and Arena -- are in play themselves. To continue serving the growing number of people who call Edina home, City leaders have put forward a $64.6 million investment plan to complete the conversion of the shuttered Fred Richards Executive Golf Course into a multi-faceted park and to reinvest in Braemar Park and Arena with a wide range of amenities and improvements. On Nov. 8, 2022, Edina voters approved a local half-percent sales tax option to finance the first phase of this investment.

New biking and pedestrian trails and restoration of natural habitat and vegetation.

Important infrastructure repairs at Braemar Arena.

More playgrounds, picnic areas and pickleball courts.

What does a half-cent sales tax buy these days? Glad you asked.







01 When does the sales tax go into effect?

The local sales and use tax will go into effect April 1, 2023.

02 How will the City pay for this investment?

A half-percent local option sales and use tax will finance the investment. Voters approved the tax in November 2022 for the first phase. The City plans to return to the Legislature next session with the same request for the Braemar Arena expansion (Phase 2).


Have other Minnesota cities and counties used a sales tax to support regional projects?

Yes. Over the past five years, local option sales taxes have emerged as an important investment tool for cities and counties to fund major public projects. Edina was one of 15 cities and counties in Minnesota authorized by the State Legislature to propose a sales tax to voters in November 2022, including Maple Grove, Carlton County and Grand Rapids. More than 40 other cities have been authorized by the Legislature over the past 20 years to enact a sales tax to help fund regional improvements.


Who came up with this plan?

City leaders began gathering input from residents in 2016 regarding the needs of Fred Richards and Braemar parks. Feedback from community meetings and surveys helped shape the investment plan, and the City successfully received legislative approval in 2021 to propose a half-percent sales tax to voters to finance it. Edina voters approved the local option sales tax in November 2022.


Why a local sales tax option to pay for the project?

The sales tax option would spread the tax impact of the project across both residents and non-residents, rather than only residents who own or rent property. Approximately 54 percent of a sales tax increase would be paid by nonresidents of Edina, according to a newly updated analysis by the University of Minnesota. A local sales tax option also gives residents the ability to choose how improvements to the city’s parks will be financed.


Would the sales tax be permanent?

No. The sales tax expires in 19 years. If the bonds for the parks projects are paid off before then, the sales tax expires earlier. The only way the tax could be extended or used for other projects would be if the Legislature authorized the change and Edina voters approved.

When we invest in parks, we are investing in Edina’s quality of life as well as the local economy.”

- Mayor James B. Hovland

200% More Pickleball Courts (From 5 to 15)

100% More Mountain Bike Trails (5.8 miles to be exact)

8% More Playgrounds (From 24 to 26)

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