Hiawatha Golf Course is subject to two public meetings on Monday and Tuesday evenings, as Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board does try to figure out what is associated with the flooded land.
The future of the Cedar Avenue course in southern Minneapolis has been clouded since 2014, when the discovery of a massive 262 million gallons of groundwater per year in nearby Hiawatha Lake to keep the course tangible was heavily flooded – several times the amount agreed with the DNR.
The Parks Board voted to close the 18-hole course, which was reduced to 9 holes after the floods, in 2017, but this was delayed because other land uses were requested.
It is now planned to reduce groundwater pumping to 94 million gallons per annum, which would result in some sections of the current course being flooded during the year.
The question now is what will happen to the land when the pumping is reduced, and The Parks Board is seeking feedback on three recently made concepts.
Each retains some element of golf, albeit on a smaller scale, with other potential additions to the course including a BMX track, an aquatic driving range, an aerial challenge course, and amphitheater.
Here's a look at the 3 concepts:
This would lead to the creation of 4 “challenge” golf holes as well as an aquatic driving range (basically driving in the water). Elsewhere, there would be a pickball court, a BMX track, an aerial adventure course, and a bridge / boardwalk over the newly created water channel.
This would keep a 9 hole golf course, but with a different layout, at the site, along with a range of fencing, amphitheater, and a picnic shelter with tables at the north end of Lake Hiawatha.
This would create a 9 hole golf course at the site as well as the driving range, but without the amphitheater and picnic facilities. Instead, more of the additional land would be used for ecological restoration, wildlife attractions and environmental play, as well as a learning center and recession with an outdoor wedding venue.
The Star Tribune reports that the cost estimates for the three concepts are between $ 28.2 million and $ 62 million.
Feedback sessions will be held on Monday between 6 pm.t and 8:15 p.m. at Hiawatha Golf Clubhouse at 4553 Longfellow Avenue, as well as between 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday.
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