Park Projects

Projects listed here include significant equipment replacement, maintenance or work that disrupts parking or sections of a park. Projects involving community feedback are also on the Parks Projects section of Better Together Edina.

Please note some items below are not actually Park & Recreation projects but happen to affect the listed park. They are listed for your convenience.

Current Projects

Braemar Park

New amenities and improvements
New amenities and major improvements outlined in the Braemar Park Master Plan are in the works including mountain biking and walking trails, pickleball courts, nature restoration and a new playground at Courtney Fields.

Buckthorn removal
As of January 2024, a contractor crew was at work cutting and treating invasive buckthorn in the park. Piles will be hauled away or control burned. This is the first step for restoration work, plantings and trail building.

Buckthorn study
An ongoing study to test a variety of buckthorn control measures is happening in the northwest portion of the park, north of Braemar Golf Dome and east of Braemar Field and the Courtney Fields baseball complex.

The joint study with Resource Environmental Services (RES) will include different cutting techniques, application or herbicide or not, prescribed fire and other options. The goal is to identify opportunities for reduced use of herbicide, better ecological response and cost savings.  The buckthorn removal and ecological restoration of this study will benefit upcoming, but unrelated, improvements at Braemar Park.

Bredesen Park

Map showing outline of Bredesen Park in red and project area in green. Click to open PDFA natural areas restoration of 31 acres adjacent to Nine Mile Creek will begin March 2024. The three-year project will remove buckthorn and other invasive species, then restore native oak savanna and wetlands. This restoration will benefit park users, wildlife and areas downstream.

Most of the 2024 work will be removal of invasive species and site preparation. Seeding and native plantings are scheduled to begin in late 2024 and throughout 2025. Intensive management will happen in 2026 to ensure the native plans get established and to control any invasive plants that regrow.

A $500,000 Conservation Partners Legacy Grant from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will pay for the majority of the project, with the City providing $50,000 in matching funds.

Cornelia School Park - Lift Station #6

This is an Engineering Department project at 4400 72nd St.  to build a new lift station to replace the existing one that's at the end of its useful life. The project affects the south end of the park.

Courtney Fields Lighting

As part of the overall Braemar Park Master Plan improvement funded by a voter-approved sales tax, new energy-efficient lighting is being installed at Courtney Fields. Due to mild weather, the work began in fall/winter 2023 and will be completed in spring 2024.

Lewis Park Loop Trail

The surface of the loop trail around Lewis Park was repaved in early September 2023.

Repaving near the Lewis Park shelter building will be part of the building replacement, scheduled for a 2024-2025 Capital Improvement Project.

Rosland Park Pedestrian Bridge Replacement

The bridge over Minnesota Highway 62 that provides residents with safe access to Rosland Park and amenities including the Edina Aquatic Center is in the design process for replacement after being damaged. This project involves the City and the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

Strachauer Park

The City Council has approved the Master Plan, which was created with input from park users and nearby residents. The first phase of this long-term project is replacing the playground. That process is underway. Park users and nearby residents are asked to participate in designing the new playground. 

Tennis Court Renovations

The tennis courts at these three parks are usually refurbished in fall and winter. They then reopen in spring or summer, depending on weather,  with a fresh surface for players.

  • List to come for 2024 openings

Todd Park Playground

The playground equipment and surface is being replaced.

Park users and nearby residents will help design the new playground by providing their choices on playground style, colors, play pieces and design. 

Walnut Ridge Park Playground

The playground equipment and surface is being replaced.

Park users and nearby residents will help design the new playground by providing their choices on playground style, colors, play pieces and design. 

Wooddale Path Landscape Restoration Project

The City has removed invasive plants along Wooddale path and is working on restoration with native plants.  

Upcoming Playground Projects

The Parks & Recreation Department has 25 playgrounds throughout the park system. Park Maintenance examines each playground and ranks it based on use, traffic patterns, worn items, environmental conditions such as rain and sun damage, and imagination in the structure. The City's Capital Improvement Plan calls for replacing the equipment at the highest priority ones.

Fox Meadow, Strachauer. Todd, Walnut Ridge and Wooddale park playground replacement efforts are underway (see above). 

Upcoming higher priority ones:

  • Birchcrest Park
  • Highlands Park
  • Yancey Park

Note that equipment replacement might happen in a different order than just priority based on nearby park, street or environmental projects, equipment delays and other factors.