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The City has started the planning process for what features should go in Braemar Park, already home to Braemar Golf Course, Braemar Arena, Braemar Field and Courtney Fields. Park elements such as picnic shelters, playgrounds, fields, courts, walking trails and mountain bike and Nordic skiing trails could go in the remaining areas of the 500-acre park to create opportunities for year-round use. In addition, safe connections to the surrounding neighborhoods and environmental restoration should be part of the plan.

Topic: Amenities

What types of park amenities would you like to see added to create year-round recreational opportunities at Braemar Park?

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Phil Miller 3 months ago

The currently undeveloped areas of Braman should be developed to encourage active lifestyles. Things like trails, winter cross country skiing and sledding etc. Should be emphasized. These should be integrated into the landscape with minimal disruption of natural features like woodlands. Maintain the theme of natural and indigenous plants and ecosystem.

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Anna Shimanek 3 months ago

A shared trail like at Hylands would be awesome - walking/running/biking and then cross-country skiing during the winter. One of the amazing things about Braemar is all of the native plants and wildlife, so agree with the other comment that it should be minimally disruptive to the woodlands.

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Patty Evans 3 months ago

I would love to see mountain biking trails and cross country ski trails in the winter. I don't believe we have either of those currently in Edina and feel it would be a great addition and fit in well with Braemar

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Angela Jacobson 3 months ago

Great outdoor kid and family space. Think Central Park in Maple Grove with the skating loop, splash pad, walking trails and great new park. Or Elm Creek park with a new updated park for families along with walking trails, disc golf, etc. even the new "natural" park at MN zoo. Great for families.

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Meghan F 3 months ago

I agree, Angela. The west side of Edina is seriously lacking when it comes to places where kids can play. I'm tired of having to take my kids to another city because Edina parks are boring and outdated. Central Park in Maple Grove and Elm Creek Park are great ideas and would be a fabulous addition the the area.

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Camille Schwarzrock 2 months ago

I completely agree Angela and Meghan. We need to embrace activities for families with young children, as they are the future of our community. I would love to see an awesome splash pad, community garden, or park become part of Braemar.

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Tom Gartner 3 months ago

Please don't add any amenities that are not self-sustaining from new revenue. It's a great area already, you don't need to keep adding things to it. This is not SimCity where money doesn't mean anything. Taxes are high and should be cut if you have excess funds.

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Paul Thompson 3 months ago

Given Edina's commitment to reach 30% reduction in GHG (greenhouse gases) by 2025 it would be cool if Braemar would be a location where residents and visitors could see examples of renewable energy (solar, wind), learn about smart water use and how to cut carbon with eco friendly yard use.....composting, high mowing levels, using leaves and mulch, growing food, rain gardens. Sign up for programs like Windsource and energy connect thru Xcel Energy tisane energy and money.

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Keith Dixon 3 months ago

I travel to Bloomington, Bryant Lake, and Chanhassen for their dog parks. Would be nice to have a quality one at Braemar. You meet a lot of people. Great community building.

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Sharon Mazion 3 months ago

We are lucky to have such a large expanse of green natural space in our community. Let's try to keep it that way, while still implementing opportunities for recreation and family fun. Un-paved walking trails, mountain bike trails that work with the flow and assets of the existing landscape, an outdoor "classroom" would be great additions that require minimal upfront and long term maintenance $$.

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Marcella x 3 months ago

As others have said, I would like to see hiking/biking/cross-country skiing trails (unpaved) that are minimally disruptive to the fantastic woodlands at Braemar.

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Erin Beyer 3 months ago

As others have mentioned, cross country skiing would be a great addition, but only if it included snowmaking. There is no reason to spend money on ski trails without it because natural snow quality is so inconsistent it would frequently be unskiable.

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Gary Bartolett 3 months ago

Complete the currently disjointed perimeter trail and connect it to the 78th Street sidewalk. Clean up the buckthorn and other invasive plants throughout the park. Leave the east woodland as a natural area as it is the last area under City control that can be described as such and chopping it up with multiple trail systems will destroy its character and its desirability for the wildlife that currently lives there.

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Sandra Shearer 3 months ago

Lake Phalen golf course in St. Paul makes a wonderful skate ski and straight ski trail throughout the golf course. Could easily be done here.

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Joel Stegner, Community volunteer 3 months ago

I would simply like to see that beautiful area used 12 months a year for more than golf. For one thing, there should be a landscape plan, with more flowering bushes and trees, to make it an even more pleasant place to be 12 months a year. The more people out on the course, the more who will visit the clubhouse for meetings, coffee and hot chocolate and meals. People talk about revenue, but don't realize the course is not self sustaining. All parks are subsided amenities. Keeping the costs down are helpful to young families and those age 55+ to are trying to sustain Edina lifestyles on a limited budget. Were I a golfer, I couldn't afford much of it, but free or low costs works well for me and a lot of other community residents.

To get maximum use from our parks, the city should sponsor adult assocations - walking, running and mountain biking are three examples. Organized groups would schedule special events and make sure these space get used, just as youth associations do for their fields. These adult associations could sponsor programs for children and youth, unlike associations lihe football where there is no adult participation beyond programming.

More is achieved if you combine new facilities with organization and programming to build volume, and in this case revenue for the Clubhouse and possible also through association membership fees to help pay for programming (a fun run or a mountain biking challenge).

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Bob Nazarian 3 months ago

Invasive buckthorn is choking the native oak woodlands. Any enhancements (trails, etc.) should come after restoring the woodlands.
Mixed use trails are fine but no lights, snow making or other noise and light pollution.

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Scott Taylor 3 months ago

One of the fastest growing winter sports is curling. We have curling clubs both private (St. Paul) and city owned (Chaska). These are a long way from Edina and maxed out and can accept only a small number new members each year. When Chaska opened their doors, they filled their membership in less than an hour. We could do as well. Minnesota is a hotbed of curling and we could another facility in between these two clubs.

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Jennifer Collins 3 months ago

Love the idea of curling at Braemar! Agree that buckthorn abatement should be done before spending on new amenities. Would love to see a perimeter walking/biking trail.

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Kristin Reichling 3 months ago

Thank you for asking for community input. Whatever is ultimately chosen shouldn't be a burden on the city to maintain or operate. We have enough enterprises that fit that description. Keep amenities at Braemar free, accessible, aligned with city "green" goals and respectful to nearby residents. The biggest issue with Braemar is the buckthorn. It needs to be erradicated. Otherwise, Braemar is practically perfect already. Thank you.

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