Braemar Park Master Plan Implementation

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The Braemar Park master plan was created in 2017 with the help of residents and community members. City Council approved the master plan on Jan. 3, 2018. On Nov. 8, 2022, voters approved via referendum a local option sales tax to allocate $8.1 million of project funding for implementation and next phases of the Braemar Park master plan. Project planning efforts are moving forward for completing final design and constructing improvements in the park. Additional stakeholder and public engagement will occur during preliminary and final design to integrate comment and feedback into the design process.

Current proposed trail and park improvements include:

  • Walking trails
  • Mountain bike trails
  • Cross-country skiing trails
  • Pickleball
  • Courtney Fields baseball complex improvements
  • Wayfinding signs and trail connections
  • Natural resource restoration
  • Improved parking and access to Braemar Golf Course, Braemar Arena, and Courtney Fields

The Braemar Park master plan was created in 2017 with the help of residents and community members. City Council approved the master plan on Jan. 3, 2018. On Nov. 8, 2022, voters approved via referendum a local option sales tax to allocate $8.1 million of project funding for implementation and next phases of the Braemar Park master plan. Project planning efforts are moving forward for completing final design and constructing improvements in the park. Additional stakeholder and public engagement will occur during preliminary and final design to integrate comment and feedback into the design process.

Current proposed trail and park improvements include:

  • Walking trails
  • Mountain bike trails
  • Cross-country skiing trails
  • Pickleball
  • Courtney Fields baseball complex improvements
  • Wayfinding signs and trail connections
  • Natural resource restoration
  • Improved parking and access to Braemar Golf Course, Braemar Arena, and Courtney Fields
  • Trails Nearing Completion

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    We ask your patience a little while longer for our Braemar Trails. Currently contractors and staff are working on finishing touches for the trails. Trails will remain closed until these items are completed. We will post a map and trail guidelines once we have completed these. We will also let everyone know an official grand opening date and time. We are very excited for the trails to be opened and users to start enjoying the space.

  • Mountain Biking and Hiking Trails STILL UNDER CONSTRUCTION

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    Pathfinder has been making great progress on the trail system in the hills surrounding Braemar Golf Course. These areas are still under construction and not open yet for riders. We ask that you remain patient in order for contractors and staff to finish needed work to open these for the public. We are on track to open segments up for July but need to keep workers safe and trail in good condition. Please remain patient and keep bikes off trails until they are opened.

    We will post the finalized trail layouts as well as trailhead parking locations and access points during the phased opening as soon as we have them confirmed.

  • Hilary Lane- Road Closure

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    Hilary Lane will be experiencing road work beginning Tuesday, June 4. Hilary Lane will be closed on the west side of John Harris Drive, and out to the frontage road. It will also be closed at the Hilary Lane and Valley View Road roundabout.

    The detour route for John Harris Drive will be- north on the frontage road to Valley View Road. Follow this to Gleason Road, then go south on Gleason Road to Hilary Lane.

    It will be closed to all traffic Tuesday, June 4 through Friday, June 7 while it is being milled and paved, with an expected opening of Friday at 4 p.m. This closure is weather dependent and subject to change.

    Please contact Streets Supervisor Shawn Anderson at 952-826-0313 or SAnderson@EdinaMN.gov with any questions.

    Please visit www.EdinaMN.gov/RoadClosures for an ongoing list of Road Closures.

  • June Update

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    The woods were busy this May with Trail building and habitat monitoring. Despite rainfall, contractors have had great progress with all three sections of trail. To date there has been over 7500 feet of trail constructed. All of our hiking paths have been laid out and trail builders are now working on the biking trails. Our eastern segment is projected to be completed in June and will be opened once trail meet all requirements and any identified hazard trees addressed. We will update with trail layouts and images when the trails are ready for use.

    Until that point please stay off biking trails and keep a safe distance from contractors working on the site.

  • Braemar Blvd/ Hilary Lane

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    As part of the Braemar Park Master Plan, improves are planned for multi used trails along Hilary Lane. This phase will be supplemented with state aid funding and the timeline has yet to be confirmed. A consultant has been hired to review site conditions including wetlands, water quality, and other impacts.

    With this project in design and construction still further on the horizon, Edina Streets Department is helping to improve conditions this summer by incorporating this stretch of roadway in there mill and overlay schedule. We will update you when a more accurate window is identified and appreciate your patience during this road improvement project.

  • April Project Update

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    The first round of invasive removals is nearing completion. Areas on the NW quadrant will need additional cutting and treatment later this season as the ongoing research study is completed. Due to the mild winter and lack of snow cover you may notice some piles of buckthorn still present on site. These piles will be burned once weather conditions allow.

    Trail construction has started this week with walking trails on the east side. Crews are working hard cutting in and preparing sections. Please give crews distance for their safety. Once walking trails are completed on the east side, they will start on the biking trails. Staff and experts will review and inspect all trail systems before a section will be opened up for use.

  • Pathfinder Trail Building Selected for Biking and Hiking Trails

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    On Tuesday April 2nd City Council approved the contract with Pathfinder Trail Building for the first phase of Braemar Park Biking and Hiking Trails. They will be working on the east side starting this spring and move to the western segments later this summer and fall. They will be working through the park in sections and completing trail segments in succession. We ask that you have patience with the project and stay out of areas they are working in. This is for safety and to ensure the best end product for everyone to enjoy.

    Biking trails will be single track trails with challenge features and elements throughout. Biking trails are easy and intermediate with areas of optional more difficult features. Hiking trails will be a 4 foot soft surfacing and link with trail system at Courtney Fields and pedestrian sidewalk system on Gleason. Please continue following project for update and pictures. We are excited to be working with Pathfinder and can't wait to enjoy the trails.

  • Trail Builder

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    The city has posted documents and criteria to select a trail builder for Braemar Park mountain biking an hiking trail construction in 2024. Contractor will be responsible for 4 foot pedestrian and bike trails through the east and west upland hillsides. A variety of features will be included based off Tim Wegner and SRF the landscape architects plans. Trail construction will be done in phases and will start this summer when conditions allow.

    Additional trails will be added in a future package that will include shared use Southwest creek crossings and wetland crossings. Staff will be working with watershed and engineers to enhance ecosystems and minimize impacts.

  • Buckthorn Removal Continues

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    Contractors are making good progress on Buckthorn removal in the east side of Braemar Park. Landbridge has been approved to burn buckthorn brush piles in accordance with their approved burn plan. This plan takes into account weather conditions such as temperature, wind speeds, and site specifics such as location. Precautions are in place such as fire breaks and fuel reduction to keep fires within burn pile areas. Fires are monitored by trained and authorized contractor staff and extinguished when contractor is not on site. Locations and elevations have been selected to mitigate smoke risks for neighbors and roadways.

  • Buckthorn Removal on Gleason

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    Contractor's crew is working hard cutting and treating invasive woody species in Braemar Park along Gleason road. The piles currently along the road will be hauled and removed. As they work their way inward additional piles will be created and controlled burned when conditions and permitting allow. This clearing process will allow for future restoration management, plantings and trail building.

Page last updated: 11 Jul 2024, 08:52 AM