In 2015, City Council approved the Braemar Golf Course master plan. The plan left some golf course property to convert to park land for all residents to utilize for a variety of recreational pursuits. In May 2016, staff presented a preliminary proposal to add cross country ski trails and snow tubing with man-made snow at Braemar Park. Braemar Park has the potential to be a popular winter recreation area with tubing, sledding, walking, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, skijoring and fat tire biking on both man-made and natural snow, while utilizing the beauty and varied terrain of the park.

The City Council in May authorized a financial and trail feasibility study. The City hired Minnetonka-based engineering firm SEH to lead the study, along with Morton Trails and RRC. An open house for the public was held July 13 to solicit feedback on the project. Written comments are still being accepted.

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Justifying a premier golf and winter recreational facility in the aftermath of obliterating wonderful trees, displacing/killing wildlife from an accustomed ecosystem, and creating road hazards and other potential risks and aggravations for homeowners who moved to this specific area for its serene and natural beauty would be unimaginable. A $3M price tag is not prudent use of taxpayers’ money when it benefits a small population and the proposal is riddled with negative impact issues. The Council should definitely say NO to this project on September 7. Instead, alternative Braemar redevelopment proposals should be reworked or come forward that are environmentally friendly, financially responsible, aim to satisfy the majority and, upon completion, the facilities will invite and engage the broadest section of the community to participate. There is no going back, let’s all speak up now, work together, and get this right.

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Karen Hazel over 2 years ago

I want to personally thank the Mayor for taking the time to hear us tonight in the Braemar neighborhood. The message I'll leave here: there are countless safe, environmentally friendly and inclusive ways to enhance Braemar without decimating its landscape, creating a public safety hazard and destroying our quality of life. We support RESPONSIBLE enhancement of Braemar, such as for mt biking, etc. To decimate 50-foot wide swaths of forestry for this, when it will LOSE MONEY is fiscally irresponsible and capricious. Please know that we who oppose this current proposal are happy to support a sensible enhancement plan, but NOT this.

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Laura Kondrick 8 months ago

I am sick to death of golf courses in Edina - 1 hole for every 1,000 residents. Golf course revenues do not meet expenses. Golfers are being supported by the taxpayers with funds better used elsewhere. City council continues to maintain and expand these expensive facilities. With that said, I support a conservative and conservationist approach to "development" of the Braemar property.

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Peter Ribbens 8 months ago

We would like to second comments by Tom McNamee and Laura Kondrick,

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Dawn Martin 8 months ago

Hi everyone ... it's great that you're expressing your views but this conversation started (and ended) more than a year ago. This project was voted down by City Council and since then Parks & Rec have designed a Master Plan for Braemar that is much better and preserves the beauty of the environment. No need to post any more comments here, but you can view the new plans at: https://www.edinamn.gov/DocumentCenter/View/4064

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christeena john about 1 month ago

In this article, it is shared about the Braemar Golf Course master plan. Braemar Park has the potential to be a popular winter recreation area with tubing, sledding, walking, snowshoeing etc. Thanks for this article and keep sharing more updates. cheap internet providers

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