What The Plan Will Do

An investment in Edina’s parks, recreation and quality of life

Guided by feedback from residents, City leaders and staff have proposed a $64.6 million investment in Braemar Park and Arena and Fred Richards.

With a proposed investment of $17.7 million, repurposing Fred Richards Park would include:

  • New trails
  • Eight new pickleball courts and new basketball court.
  • Restoration of native vegetation and additional trees, shrubs, play nodes and wildlife habitat structures.
  • Inclusive playground areas that support children of all abilities.
  • A pavilion and lawn games area.

  • Improvements to the clubhouse facility to support programming, and expanded food and beverage options.
  • New lighting, seating, signs and infrastructure.
  • A great lawn area with high-quality drainage.
  • Parking and access via West 77th Street.

An investment of $8.1 million in Braemar Park would include:

  • A new trail system for better walking, mountain biking and cross-country skiing.
  • New pickleball and/or platform tennis courts.
  • Upgrades to the baseball complex.
  • A playground.
  • Wayfinding signs and trail connections.
  • Restored natural resources and wildlife habitat.
  • Improved parking and access to Braemar Golf Course, Braemar Arena and Courtney Fields.

An investment of $13.5 million in critical infrastructure updates at Braemar Arena would include:

  • Replaced HVAC system.
  • Updated roof.
  • Improved energy efficiency.
  • Improved accessibility for residents with disabilities.
  • Upgraded restrooms and locker rooms.
  • Improved rink surfaces and the rink cooling system.

An investment of $25.3 million to expand Braemar Arena* would include:

  • Demolition of the South Rink and building two new ice rinks, resulting in four indoor rinks and one outdoor seasonal rink.
  • A safe drop-off/pick-up area.
  • More parking.
  • A larger lobby.

*This portion of the project still requires approval by the State Legislature in 2023 before it can be considered by Edina voters.