The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) will share a draft design that will guide the future of the Hiawatha Golf Course Property on Thursday, April 9, 2020. The draft design, called the Draft Preferred Design Alternative, will be published online on the Hiawatha Golf Course Property Master Plan project page.
The plan will not be presented in person as originally planned due to COVID-19 and recent recommendations issued by the Minnesota Department of Health. Instead, the Draft Preferred Design Alternative will be presented online and feedback on the draft design will also be taken online. The survey, presentation and draft design will be available throughout the spring.
More details on how the meeting is presented and where to view it will be sent out within the next few weeks via gov delivery to those subscribed to updates. Below is the Hiawatha Golf Course Master Plan schedule and process moving forward.
Master Plan Schedule
- Draft Preferred Design Alternative published and presented April 9
- Public feedback on Preferred Design Alternative accepted online
- Preferred Design Alternative finalized and included in Draft Master Plan
- Draft Master Plan published for 45-day public comment period
- Draft Master Plan presented to Board of Commissioners (informal presentation, no vote)
- Public comments tabulated
- Master Plan finalized based on public comments
- Final Master Plan considered by Board of Commissioners
- Public Hearing and consideration in MPRB Planning Committee
- Master Plan passed out of Planning Committee considered by full Board of Commissioners
- Master Plan approved by Board of Commissioners sent to the Met Council for review and approval
- Nokomis-Hiawatha Regional Park Master Plan is amended with Hiawatha Golf Course Property Master Plan
Below is a more detailed explanation of the schedule and process moving forward with the Hiawatha Golf Course Master Plan.
Master Plan Amendments
The Hiawatha Golf Course Property is part of Nokomis-Hiawatha Regional Park. Nokomis-Hiawatha Regional Park had its Master Plan approved in 2015, so this upcoming Master Plan for the golf course property will be amended into the overall Nokomis-Hiawatha Master Plan.
The Master Plan amendment process is fairly common – the Nokomis-Hiawatha Master Plan has already been amended once, in 2017, to include Urban Agriculture Areas and a plan for athletic fields at Lake Nokomis Park.
This summer the Draft Master Plan Amendment will be released for a minimum 45-day public comment period.
During the public comment period there will be an informational presentation of the Draft Master Plan Amendment to the Board of Commissioners, but no action will be taken by the Board. People will be able to view the draft plan and comment on it via email, postal mail or online survey.
After the comment period closes, the design team will catalog all comments and place each into themes, respond to each theme, and rank each theme by its potential impact on the project.
Low impact themes have little impact on the project and are considered easily incorporated in the final plan by the design team prior to approval. Medium impact themes diverge from the intent of the project and are considered at odds with the plan. High impact themes completely diverge from the intent of the project and would require restarting the project if they were considered.
Board Approval Process
After the design team tabulates all comments and modifies the plan based on comments, the Final Master Plan Amendment will be created. All low, medium, and high impact themes will be provided to the commissioners and attached to a Board action. Medium impact themes will be summarized and brought before the Planning Committee to be considered for adoption into the final Master Plan Amendment.
A public hearing will be held before the Planning Committee of the Board of Commissioners and the Committee will consider the plan, forwarding its recommendation to the full Board of Commissioners. At the following meeting, typically two weeks later, the Full Board of Commissioners will consider the plan.
If a plurality of commissioners vote to approve, the plan is considered fully approved by the MPRB and then will be sent to the Metropolitan Council for its adoption and amendment into the Nokomis-Hiawatha Regional Park Master Plan.
Process Beyond the Master Plan Amendment
A good deal of time and community engagement is required between master plan approval and the start of construction on any changes to the Hiawatha Golf Course Property.
Master Plans detail the conceptual level of the design process. Schematic Design follows the Master Plan, in which major project elements, systems, and decisions are defined, and costs are reasonably estimated.
After Schematic Design comes Design Development, in which major project elements and systems are designed, the ability to construct and permit the project is fully demonstrated, and cost is further refined. Then Final Design and Construction Documents takes place. The design is complete and ready for construction, permits are obtained, issues are resolved and cost estimate is finalized.
Each step narrows focus until a final set of construction documents is created and approved by various regulatory agencies for construction. This process will take a few years to complete and the community will be engaged and informed throughout.
If you have questions or comments about the project can be submitted here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/lake-hiawatha
At the July 25, 2018 Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) of Commisioners meeting, commissioners approved a modified Resolution 2018-230 after the Hiawatha Golf Course Property Master Plan CAC requested clarification on the parameters of the new master plan for the property.
After a lengthy public testimony period and board debate, commissioners voted 6-2 to approve the modified version of Resolution 2018-230. The modified resolution directs the CAC to only consider a reduced pumping scenario and bring forward a solution that includes, at a minimum, a flood-resilient and ecologically-driven nine-hole configuration for a golf course on the property.
The modified Resolution 2018-230 also included Board direction to the CAC to reflect in the master plan appropriate methods of recognizing the role of Hiawatha Golf Course and the history of black golfers in the Minneapolis park system.
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About this Project:
At its Feb. 10 meeting, the Minnehaha Parkway Regional Trail Community Advisory Committee (CAC) completed its work and made recommendations to the Board of Commissioners for the entire creek corridor.
The master plan recommended by the CAC is the result of around 18 months of community engagement and features several visionary design ideas. It was a collaborative effort between the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB), Minnehaha Creek Watershed District and the City of Minneapolis to chart a 30-year vision for the corridor.
🌳Ecology and Water Management💦
Ecological enhancement, flood mitigation and stormwater management are at the heart of the plan. At full implementation the plan would:
Add 1.7 miles to the creek's length within Minneapolis
Create numerous water-cleansing, habitat-enhancing wetlands and floodplain improvements
Turn the Lake Harriet tributary into an open, free flowing stream
Remove enough phosphorous to achieve City of Minneapolis and MPRB responsibility for phosphorous reduction in the Minnehaha Creek and make strides towards meeting the goals for Lake Hiawatha
🚴♀️ Bike/Walk Safety🚶🏾♂️
The plan envisions an improved environment for bicyclists and pedestrians while preserving continuous motorized vehicle traffic on the parkway road in both directions.
Improvements are focused at key intersections:
Near Lynnhurst Park
50th Street and Portland Avenue
Minnehaha Parkway and Bloomington Avenue
Minnehaha Parkway and Cedar Avenue
🛶 Recreation Improvements 🚵♀️
Increased recreation opportunities are found throughout the plan:
New canoe/kayak launches (including ADA accessible options)
A new adventure play area under the Nicollet Avenue bridge
Bike skills and mountain bike parks near Bloomington Avenue and near 34th Avenue
A westward extension of bike and pedestrian trails from Lynnhurst Park to Morgan Avenue
CAC-Recommended Design Concepts
The CAC-recommended design largely follows the revised preferred concepts released on January 14, 2020. Drawings will not be updated at this time, but revised drawings will be included in the draft document that is shared for public comment. The most-recent design concepts are linked below:
Western Minneapolis border to Lake Harriet outlet/west terminus of Minnehaha Parkway, including Penn-Newton-Morgan and Lynnhurst Focus Areas.
Modifications from drawing:
Addition of signage/wayfinding at the western city limits
Identification of needed improvements at the York Avenue outfall
Inclusion of alternate walk/bike routes between Logan Avenue and the 52nd Street pedestrian bridge, to allow flexibility during implementation in light of floodplain and flooding concerns along Morgan Avenue
Girard Avenue to I-35W, including Nicollet Hollow Focus Area
Modifications from drawing:
Assurance in plan graphics and text that the 51st Street sledding hill will be preserved
Removal of the picnic area shown on the south side of the creek near Emerson Avenue
I-35W to Cedar Avenue (Nokomis-Hiawatha Regional Park border), including Portland+Parkway Focus Area
Recommended as drawn.
Nokomis-Hiawatha Regional Park border to Minnehaha Falls Regional Park border.
Recommended as drawn.
The CAC process has concluded and the online survey is closed, but there are several community input and approval steps remaining:
MPRB staff and the design team will spend the coming weeks preparing an overall written and graphic document, called the draft Master Plan
The draft Master Plan will be released for a 45-day public comment period
Based on responses during the comment period, the Master Plan may be modified
A public hearing on the Master Plan will be held at a regular meeting of the Board of Commissioners
The Master Plan will be considered for adoption by the Board of Commissioners
Master Planning is underway for this regional trail. The trail encompasses parkland along both sides Minnehaha Creek between Minnehaha Regional Park and the western city limit.
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Parks for All: Comprehensive Planning
The Latest: CAC Meetings are on hold during pandemic response.
About this project:
The current comprehensive plan covered the period of 2007-2020, this plan will provide priorities and policy direction for the park system for the next decade. This press release provides an overview of the value this planning effort provides. There are a number of ways to engage with this project: