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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: Trail System

Would you use a walking trail system that looped around the outskirts of Braemar Golf Course? Why or why not?

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Phil Miller 5 months ago

Yes! We have a 500 acre public asset that is generally inaccessible and of little use to the majority or residents. More people bike, walk, jog, ski than play golf. And these things are easy to accommodate with a few simple projects. As taxpayers, we collectively subsidize golf for a small number of residents and non-residents. This would go a long way to making the park more useful to a different demographic.

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Anna Shimanek 5 months ago

Yes! A walking trail/bike path would be amazing. We have so enjoyed walking and riding our bikes on the new Nine Mile trail system and it'd be great to have something similar at Braemar.

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Stephen Scotti 5 months ago

I had this strange experience in that Park one night. I got lost at night during a Thunderstorm and had had a Strange Vision, hallucinations apparently. I left a pie pan that I got at a Perkins Franchise near Jerry's shopping center, across Highway 100 from there.

When I came out of the park the next morning I had an encounter with some construction and mumbled some mumbo jumbo about the US Constitution. They evidently were concerned about my health and called the Edina Police. When the police arrived we had an encounter. I did ask them if I was under arrest and they said "No". I then asked if I was being charged with anything and they said "No". We were evidently wrong about the "being charged" thing, because they subsequently shot me with a Taser so that they could detain me and bring me to Southdale Fairview Hospital for further evaluation. Those Tasers are full of electrictiy. The really unusual thing about that was that one of the barbs from the Taser went through the button hole in my shirt. How likely is that to happen.

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Stephen Scotti 5 months ago

Wrong section. Sorry. I was commenting about Bredesen Park. I thought that you were also redesigning Braemar.

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Gary Bartolett 5 months ago

A perimeter trail was part of the last golf course expansion plan but it never happened. Before the expansions we were able to walk across the east hill and circle back to Dewey Hill road beside the archery range and golf course. I have never been able to find out why the east hill trail was never at least connected to the 78th Street sidewalk. Completion and the addition of a couple benches would be really nice.

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Joel Stegner, Community volunteer 4 months ago

For this purpose, it would serve the SW quadrant of the city. It would be lovely to connect that path to the long regional path so those who take long walks could see it. Also, that means that 3 of 4 quadrants of the city have such paths. Now the city needs to develop on in the NE quadrant, possibly developing new sidewalks as the area is very developed. Definitely worth study. One should have such a path close enough to walk or bike to as an option to driving. All natural!

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Catherine Thurk 4 months ago

Yes! But then put in some sidewalks/bike lanes to reach it. This area is lacking in both.

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Mary Stoltman 4 months ago

I would love to see a walking trail around the outskirts of the area.

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Jennifer Collins 4 months ago

Yes and please connect with trails in the East ridge!

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