The MPRB design team and the Community Advisory Committee have created a working vision and working set of principles from which the following three concept alternatives were created. 

Working Vision
A unique destination providing a welcoming and equitable park experience for both the surrounding community and regional park users that is ecologically-responsible, addresses water management needs, and respectful of the site’s natural and cultural history. Park development will have a long-term focus for year-round passive and active recreation, where golf and other recreation will interface with ecology and art to provide for a flood-resilient design that is accessible, connected, and celebrates the spirit of Minneapolis.

Working Principles

Natural Resources
  • HONOR WATER and realize its significance at the site, in our lives, and our cultures.
  • PROVIDE A FLOOD RESILIENT DESIGN within the park area.
  • PROTECT HOMES from groundwater intrusion to the same degree they are protected today.
  • LOWER FLOOD IMPACTS in the neighborhood to the north and west of the site.
  • REDUCE TRASH entering Lake Hiawatha.
  • ENHANCE ECOLOGICAL BENEFITS on the site, including consideration of existing habitat and creation of more varied habitat to support wildlife.
  • IMPROVE WATER QUALITY including treatment of runoff to improve Lake Hiawatha.
  • REUSE PUMPED GROUNDWATER for the betterment of the site and environment.
Community & Equity
  • CREATE EQUITABLE EXPERIENCES and SPACES that promotes community with multi-generational, family-friendly, fun opportunities that are interactive and respectful for all park users. 
  • CELEBRATE HISTORY in a meaningful way on the site.
  • SUPPORT SUSTAINABILITY in all aspects of the site, including environmentally, culturally, and economically.
  • REDUCE BARRIERS AND ENCOURAGE ACCESS to a broader set of park users.
  • MINIMIZE NEGATIVE IMPACTS TO THE ADJACENT NEIGHBORHOOD, including consideration of impacts to traffic, parking, and noise.
Recreation
  • ENVISION GOLF AS A MAINSTAY of the site, ensuring safety as a priority when looking at integration with other uses.
  • PROVIDE GOLF AND GOLF LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES equitably to youth and other underrepresented community members.
  • DIVERSIFY RECREATION and CREATE UNIQUE EXPERIENCES on the site to meet the goals of the MPRB park system, including year-round activities.
  • ENHANCE GATHERING SPACES on the site to be welcoming and fun for all community member and be fiscally and environmentally responsible.
Connectivity & Circulation
  • CREATE CONNECTIONS between the site and the community, the regional park and trails, and the lake and creek.
  • CREATE COHESIVE AND COMPLEMENTARY SOLUTIONS for site issues and design ideas.
  • REDUCE BARRIERS AND ENCOURAGE ACCESS to a broader set of park users.
Concept Alternatives

Please carefully study the three concepts prior to completing the survey.

Each concept alternative assumes a reduced water pumping regime as directed by the Board of Commissioners.

Concept Alternative One - Expanding Opportunities [PDF]
Concept Alternative Two - Experience Lake Hiawatha [PDF]
Concept Alternative Three - Back to Nature [PDF]

Project Information

Additional information is available on the project's webpage: htt

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* 1. After reviewing the three concepts, which concept alternative do you feel is best for the property?

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* 2. Of the three golf hole layouts, which option do you prefer?

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* 3. Would a walking only or electric walking cart only golf course deter you from playing golf at Hiawatha?

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* 4. Of the Driving Range layouts, which option do you prefer?

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* 5. Which indoor/other golf related services would you use (rank in order likelihood, 1-most likely, 5-least likely)?

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* 6. Which alternative do you feel best engages the public with nature, protects existing wildlife, and restores ecological function?

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* 7. Of the community gathering spaces presented in the three concepts, which spaces would you envision utilizing most (rank you answers, 1- most utilized, 11 – least utilized)?

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* 8. Which alternative provides the best combination of circulation/trails through the park and around the lake?

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* 9. Which (non-winter) recreation opportunities (beyond golf and circulation/trails) as presented in the alternatives are most exciting to you (rank you answers, 1-most exciting, 17-least exciting)?

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* 10. What thoughts do you have about how the MPRB could best celebrate the history of African American golfers and Native Americans associated with this site?

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* 11. All alternatives will allow for a variety of winter recreation activities including snowmaking (utilizing pumped groundwater), cross country ski trail (4-5K loop) and stadium area, sledding, ice skating loop, and winter walking trails. Are there other winter recreation activities that should be considered?

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* 12. What aspects or features of each concept do you like?

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* 13. Concept alternatives may be altered and refined as the master planning process progresses, what might you want to change for each concept alternative?

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* 14. What is missing from each concept? Are there any activities, features, or facilities you think need to be added?

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* 15. Please make other comments below.

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