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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.

Would you like to see mountain bike trails added to the park? Why or why not?

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Bob Vose 27 days ago

You should include mtb trails. Based on incredibly unscientific evidence (Strib article today about high school MTB increases in participation and personal experience seeing middle-aged guys riding all over the metro), there is great demand. Braemar has exceptional potential based on no experience planning trails but lots riding them over recent years. I can guarantee that you would have tremendous ridership. I have no way of making argument that this priority exceeds those of other types of uses, but can assure that this choice would get heavy use. The cost per user ratio would be really good.

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Anna Shimanek 27 days ago

Only if there is not negative impact to the environment or wildlife that lives in Braemar. We really enjoy seeing the foxes, turkeys and all of the turtles, water fowl, etc. that live in the wetlands and woodlands. Too many mountain bike trails could be disruptive to that habitat.

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Sharon Mazion 26 days ago

Anna - I completely appreciate your concern. Fortunately, trees are an asset to mountain bike trails. It's what makes the sport fun! Single track trails run through the trees and flow with the natural landscape. Natural habitats can stay in place. it is not uncommon to see deer, birds, turtles, etc. while riding out on the trails in Cuyuna, Lebanon Hills, and other trail systems. Trails are unlit and remain as natural as possible.

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Patty Evans 27 days ago

I would like to see mountain bike trails added to the park. It is an activity that appeals to residents of all ages.

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Tom Gartner 27 days ago

No. We have bike trails and lanes everywhere in this city. It's even to the point where they are taking away traffic lanes entirely on my commute to work to make way for the odd bicyclist that might come by once in a while. Mountain bikers have places they can go already including Bredeson, Edina High School, and Creek Valley Park. Although I suspect most of the people who comment will be pro bike paths, that doesn't mean the majority of Edina residents want them.

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Max Ellingson 26 days ago

Tom, I understand your point, but these trails will be completely off-road. We have lots of paved bike paths, but we currently have no real mountain bike trail system in Edina. Bresden is the only place you named that actually has single track, but the park only has a hundred or so feet of it. That's not what I would call a mountain bike trail system. Dedicated mountain bike trails at Bremar would be a great way to grow the sport of cycling in a way that will not affect your commute :)

Plus it will stimulate local business at places like Bremar (bikers are hungry people).

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Randalyn Merriam 26 days ago

Having two boys that are on the Edina High School Mountain Bike Team this would be awesome! The team needs their own place that they can train on and enjoy.

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Paul Thompson 26 days ago

Very popular and a high energy sport which is great for kids and adults. Care must be taken with trail management to prevent soil compaction and erosion. Working with other park systems/ cities that have established trails would be a smart idea while planning.

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Dave Strand 26 days ago

Absolutely! The Edina Mountain Bike team needs a place of their own to train...not to mention how fast this sport is growing. Edina is expanding its bike trails, this would be an extension of that theme. Time to have a place for our children and residents to train!

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Kristi Trostel 26 days ago

Edina has the second largest high school mountain bike team in the state, and earned the 2016 Division 1 state championship. Yet there are no mountain bike trails in Edina on which the team can practice. Paved trails and bike lanes in streets are not safe or effective practice venues, and the team does not ride on "unofficial" trails. There are NO official mountain bike trails in Bredesen, Creek Valley Park, or at the high school. Mountain bike trails are specifically designed and built to minimize impact on the surrounding environment and prevent erosion. Mountain biking is quiet, the bikes are not motorized.

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Andy Roy 26 days ago

Having MTB trails in Edina would be a nice asset for the community. It's a fast-growing sport and activity (as evidenced by our large high school team) and would add another healthy lifestyle option for Edina residents and others in the area. Having a wide range of activities available in the city is a sign of a healthy community.

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Ted Jackson 26 days ago

There is an avid mountain biking community in Edina. The fact that the high school has one of the largest teams in the high school league and that this team is the Division 1 state champion demonstrates this. Modern professionally built mountain biking trails are designed to minimize any environmental impact. You need only to visit Elm Creek locally or Cuyuna in the Crosby area to be convinced of this. The cost of building and maintaining trails is extremely modest. The trail can be used 12 months a year. Bikes are do not make noise, the trail do not need to have lights. An additional perk is that riders will spend money at Braemar. I am an avid trail rider. I ride the trails around the metro area almost every day. I typically ride with a number of friends. We all live in Edina. When we ride in the morning we typically get breakfast together afterward and when we ride in the evening we often get dinner. We are typical mountain bikers and typical mountain bikers will spend money at Braemar. It is centrally located. It has ample parking. It has a restaurant. All of this is somewhat unique and will bring riders and money to the park.

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Jeff Merriam 26 days ago

If you go to the city of Lakeville's official website at ci.lakeville.mn.us you will be greeted by a large and proud pronouncement of the city completing a new 5 mile single track mountain bike trail. Edina should do the same! Edina is the defending Minnesota High School Cycling League Champions and they do not have a home trail. They must bike long distances to Theodore Wirth in Minneapolis and travel all over the metro area to train. The hills at Braemar would be perfect for a nice little track and right now it is unused and covered in buckthorn. Edina has 5% of the entire states high school mountain bikers and the sport is exploding. Further, the recent StarTribune article states that 50% of participants get a parent biking. It's a fun and healthy lifestyle in the outdoors! We can and should have an Edina mountain bike trail!

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Kristi Trostel 26 days ago

The city of Stillwater is also providing it's mountain bike team (which is one of Edina's main competitors) with local trails: http://www.stillwatercurrent.com/stillwater-mountain-bike-team-new-home-valley-view-park-oak-park-heights.

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Jason Kaufman 26 days ago

Mountain biking trails would be a great addition to the community and would provide the needed support that the Edina mountain biking team needs.

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Tara Frimat 26 days ago

I support adding mountain bike trails to Braemar. Mountain biking is a growing sport that appeals to all ages and it is unfortunate that there are currently no local trails available to riders. As a parent of a rider on the HS Cycling team, I can vouch for the joy and passion biking brings to the team of young riders. I must also express my concern for rider safety during team training, as they are forced to travel to distant trails. The community deserves local trails!!

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Mertyce Mrvos 26 days ago

Yes, I would love to see mountain bike trails added to Braemar Park! Not only would our high school team utilize the trails, but also others of all ages from Edina and surrounding communities. Mountain biking is a great lifetime sport and the ideal family activity! Additionally, MTB trails have minimal environmental impact and would not harm the natural beauty and wildlife of the park.

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Max Ellingson 26 days ago

We have an opportunity to create something special. I've seen for myself the benefits of having a good mountain bike trail system. It brings people in and creates economic growth for local businesses. And with the fast growing sport of High School mountain bike racing, it would be a great opportunity to give our youth some trails to call their own.

Mountain biking is a healthy sport for both the mind and the body. Its one of those honest to god good things in life. Lets give others the chance to let the sport do what it has done for me (http://www.startribune.com/edina-mountain-biker-has-racing-gear-like-no-other/256272821/)

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Craig Bourgeault 26 days ago

Mountain bike trails do not interfere with automobile traffic, since the trials are generally single tracks in the woods. Mountain bikes are not designed to ride on pavement. I'm sure any mountain bike trails built at Breamar, and the mountain bikers who use them, will never be seen by auto commuters. Mountain bike trails have minimal impact on the environment and on wildlife. Mountain bikers I know have a huge respect for the environment they ride in, and work hard to protect it. Most riders volunteer their labor to maintain and improve the trails the ride on and the environment they ride in, since continued access requires respecting the community the trails are in. Mountain biking has a huge positive impact on communities. Google Duluth Mountain Biking, Fruita Colorado Mountain Biking, Spring Hill Tenn, or any of the hundreds of communities that have found that mountain biking brings in respectful, engaged, active lifestyle people who benefit the community.

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Katie Crosby Lehmann 26 days ago

Mountain biking trails are needed in Edina. We have a growing sport and an opportunity to improve our park system with minimal impact on the environment. Mountain biking trails would support our students now, who currently bike to Theo Wirth for training, and provide an activity for adults of all ages.

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Amber Lampron 26 days ago

Yes! Mountain bike trails are accessible to people of all ages. Trails would help our local kids and adults have a place to ride near our homes. This would be fantastic! In addition, our citizens who ride help maintain the trails as volunteers.

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Marie Jackson 26 days ago

The mountain bike team at Edina High school was number 1 in the state last year and does not have a formal practice area in Edina. Each and every other team at the high school has a designated practice area in Edina. We have riders from middle school to high school having a central practice area is a matter of safety.

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Ben Friswold 26 days ago

MTB trails would be a great addition to Braemar. My 3 kids and their friends ride their bikes all the time and would prefer to use local trails instead of driving to other cities. Great sport with benefits to riders, community and the environment. Love to see it happen!

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Peter Seng 26 days ago

Mountain Biking would be a great amenity to add to Edina's terrific system of parks. It's an activity that appeals to a very broad range of ages, from elementary school-aged, to people in their 60's and beyond who still race competitively. Oftentimes, it's a family activity as well. Single-track trails like those being evaluated for Braemar are not dangerous X Games-like obstacle courses, but more like walking paths in the woods with roots, rocks, or hills as the usual obstacles to challenge riders. The nearest MTB trails to central Edina are 9 to 18 miles away via many very busy roads, and having a nice trail system close by would improve safety for all Edina residents who bicycle. Thank you for your consideration.

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Sharon Mazion 26 days ago

I would love to see mountain bike trails at Braemer! As mentioned, while there are many paved trails there are really no mountain bike trails close to us in Edina. This is a great way for kids and families to get out and enjoy nature in a fun and active way. Kids would have the opportunity to get out and ride their bikes on trails without the worries of car traffic. Adults would love it too! Mountain bike trails are minimally impactful on the environment, and it has been my personal experience that mountain bikers tread lightly and are exceptionally respectful of trails and nature. Leave no trace is a commonly accepted policy. Our high school and middle school teams currently have no local place to practice and safety is a major issue. Can you imagine shepherding all of our riders from Edina to Wirth Park twice a week on greenway trails and busy streets during rush hour? Mountain bike trails would be a win-win opportunity. Community wins with safe and fun places to bike. Environment wins - trails are minimal impact on environment and you can ride to the trails (creating less traffic on the highways). Students win - safe place to practice. Business wins - hungry bikers like places to eat and places buy bike gear! Mountain bike trails - let's make this happen!

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Rebecca Leddick 25 days ago

Braemar Park is an excellent location for community mountain biking trails. If safe trails are developed at Braemar, the central location will allow lots of our children from various backgrounds to meet, compete and learn how to ride bicycles safely off-road.

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Gary Bartolett 23 days ago

The mountain bike trails proposed for this area in the past have been far to extensive to have no impact on the area. The mountain part of the system has been crammed into an area approximately one city block wide by three blocks long abutting an arterial street. The system proposed in 2013 or 2014 would have had 6 to 8 back and forth legs across the hillside making it difficult to see how it would have no impact particularly with 100 people on it.

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Joel Stegner, Community volunteer 18 days ago

Yes, although I am way past the age for doing it. I often when at the Y and the Community Garden see kids skateboarding. I bet many would love to occasionally get off the concrete and give mountain biking a go.

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Catherine Thurk at August 07, 2017 at 6:24pm CDT

Just want to consider that there are people who'd also like to just walk - and how do u keep them from getting run over by a mountain bike. Is there not room in back of high school?

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Jennifer Collins at August 09, 2017 at 12:21pm CDT

If the mountain bike trails are going to be located on the East ridge then how will that work with the existing hiking path? I walk my dog there several times a week and sometimes have bikers come up behind me unexpectedly, which startles both me and my dog. Creating a situation where mountain bikers would be crossing paths, or sharing the same path, as hikers and dog walkers seems like a recipe for collisions. I prefer to keep the main walking trails on the East ridge as walking only. If the mountain bike trails were not crossing or using the main hiking trails it might work.

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