Needs & Priorities

Meeting the needs of our growing community

Edina’s vibrant quality of life continues to make it a destination to live, work and play as the city’s population has grown 13 percent over the past decade. Investing in our city’s parks and recreation will continue to attract new residents, draw visitors to local businesses and support the local economy. During the pandemic, the City saw extraordinary use of parks and trails. The high demand during this period reinforces the importance of these amenities for users and the need for reinvestment.

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Fred Richards Park, affectionately known as “The Fred,” is a closed executive golf course that has the potential to be a vibrant 43-acre park with a variety of amenities that can help residents reconnect with nature and each other. The Nine Mile Creek Regional Trail runs through the park.

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Braemar Park is the largest recreational space in Edina, featuring Braemar Arena, Braemar Field, Courtney Fields complex, Braemar Golf Course and Braemar Golf Dome. Braemar requires a wide range of upgrades and new services to meet the evolving needs of our growing population.

Residents identified top priorities

Residents provided the City with important guidance about the needs at Braemar Park and Arena and Fred Richards through community meetings and online surveys. Residents highlighted several important priorities, including:

More natural area restoration within parks (including nature trails) for education and to maintain the environment.

Preserving Edina's water resources and improve our ability to manage excess rainfall and prevent flooding.

Making more playground areas available within parks (including nature trails) for education and to maintain the environment.

Providing additional adult and senior sports and recreation programming year-round.

Replacing obsolete and inefficient lighting that extends play times throughout the year and offering improved winter programming and facilities.

More ice time. Edina residents often must travel across the Twin Cities metro area to participate in hockey and skating activities. An expanded Braemar Arena would allow Edina’s athletes and families to enjoy more ice time closer to home as well as support more tournaments and events that draw visitors from across the region.

Learn about the plan.