Fred Richards Park Master Plan

Fred Richards Park is being created from the former Fred Richards Golf Course, which closed in 2014. The 43-acre site, almost double the size of Centennial Lakes Park, will become a multi-use park for a variety of activities year round. 

Fred Richards Park will subtly divide into sections, providing different experiences for people and nature. It also includes what was formerly known as Lake Edina Park.

Phase I - CompleteBlue and green playground design for Fred Richards Park

This portion of the master plan made multiple improvements to the east end entrance area in the Parklawn neighborhood at 4400 Parklawn Ave. 

  • Playground
  • Picnic shelter
  • Walkways
  • Stormwater improvements
  • Landscaping

Please note there is no parking lot for this area of the park. Street parking is available.

Next Park Phases

See the Fred Richards Plan highlights (PDF) for design concepts

Central Green 

Cost estimate $9.9 million,  includes:

  • Pickleball courts
  • Basketball courts
  • Lawn games area
  • Stage/pavilion area
  • Clubhouse renovation
  • Landscaping, turf and walkways
  • Parking and access via West 77th Street
  • Lighting, signs and infrastructure

The Nature Bank

Cost estimate $1.9 million, includes:

  • Native vegetation restoration and establishment
  • Trees and shrubs
  • Play nodes
  • Wildlife habitat structures
  • Boardwalk and trail
  • Seating, signs and infrastructure

Great Lawn and Loop

Cost estimate $5.9 million, includes:

  • Pedestrian bridge restoration and new trail
  • Great lawn area with high-quality drainage
  • Picnic pavilion
  • Traditional and bike playgrounds
  • Lighting, seating, signs and infrastructure

Funding Future Phases

The City is pursuing a local option sales tax as a way to fund other phases of the Fred Richards Park Master Plan. The tax also would be used to fund the Braemar Park Master Plan and upgrade Braemar Arena.

The tax, if approved by Edina voters in November 2022, is expected to raise $17.7 million for Fred Richards Park improvements.

See detailed information on the sales tax referendum.