Park Board is the latest to support Edina’s plan to close ‘the Fred’

  • Article by: Mary Jane Smetanka , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 13, 2014 - 5:55 AM

Edina’s Park Board has voted unanimously to support the closing of Fred Richards Executive Golf Course, a city-owned course that is heavily used by children, new golfers and seniors.

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twincitizen1Feb. 12, 1410:20 PM

Only 30 people showed up in protest? Granted it is the middle of winter and golf is probably far from the top of the mind right now, but that is not exactly an outpouring of support to keep "The Fred". Looking at this course on a map, and considering that adjacent Pentagon Park (office park, not an actual park) wants to completely redevelop that property, I think ditching the golf course is probably the right move for the future. The City of Edina should work very closely with the Pentagon Park developers to find an end result that works best for Edina residents (existing and future) and includes a fair amount of public green space throughout the site. This could potentially be a huge win for the area if the City and Pentagon folks come up with a good plan. That is a huge area to redevelop and will likely be done in phases.

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ajdoonFeb. 12, 1410:21 PM

Braemar can easily raise a bit more revenue simply by allowing golfers to hit off of grass vs. mats at the driving range. The extensive use of mats even in the middle of summer has driven me and others elsewhere.

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staredFeb. 12, 1410:23 PM

Picking on kids and seniors? Doesn't sound like the politically correct thing to do , especially in cash rich Edina

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furguson11Feb. 13, 14 6:50 AM

"Edina’s golf operation makes it one of only 13 municipal golf courses in the United States with 45 or more golf holes"Couldn't they just reduce the size of the operation to save money?

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kjazz2013Feb. 13, 14 7:39 AM

Closing the course for financial reasons while not factoring in the costs of what will replace the golf operation makes little sense. It is assumed some of the course will be converted to athletic fields--a further expansion of youth sports facilities in Edina at general taxpayer expense. Edina residents should have an opportunity to consider a complete plan--the closing of Fred Richards and its conversion to a different use. Their input should matter. Too often in Edina it doesn't.

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DSBeegleFeb. 13, 14 7:51 AM

Twincitizen1- I believe the article said 30 people spoke. Not 30 people showed up. There is much passion in support of keeping Fred Richards open. One of the biggest fears is what the out of control city council will do with the land without resident input or support.

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joe_mnFeb. 13, 14 9:07 AM

They should sell the land to a developer and than the new homeowners could pay property taxes.

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d434478Feb. 13, 14 9:19 AM

The city will turn it into business operations to gain tax revenue...GOODBYE public spaces! I have heard that this was the agenda for a long time while hanging around Braemar. So much more revenue could be gained at the big course with friendlier, wiser, open minded leadership. Just as one has said...some of us leave there b/c of old time thinking! Talk to your customers to get feedback..not happening! So not run "like a business"...public sector mindset. Make sure you know the problem before you start "fixing".

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cinemajayFeb. 13, 1410:26 AM

Another suburb ready to sell out public services for cash.

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highiqFeb. 13, 1411:38 AM

Should be free golf for EVERYONE!! Oops, no that is just free lunch for EVERYONE!! Oh, I forgot nothing's "free".

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