Hiawatha Golf Course Property Master Plan Facts and Misconceptions: Master Planning ProcessPosted on 18 July, 2019
A recap of how we got into the master planning process and where it currently stands
The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) has spent a great deal of time studying conditions at Hiawatha Golf Course as part of an effort to create a sustainable plan for the course following catastrophic flooding in 2014.
Conditions related to groundwater are complex, so as work on the Hiawatha Golf Course Master Plan continues, it’s important to take a step back and review basic facts informing the work of the MPRB and the Hiawatha Golf Course Master Plan Community Advisory Committee.
People left notes on different concepts created for the Hiawatha Golf Course Property Master Plan at an open house event on March 18, 2019
Leading up to the Master Plan
June 2014: More than 11 inches of rain falls on Hiawatha Golf Course, causing $1.5 million in damage. The event elevates the necessity for a future flood resiliency plan.
September 2015: During the flood resiliency planning effort, the MPRB discovers it’s pumping groundwater without a permit issued by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
2016-17: This discovery puts the flood resiliency planning on hold and triggers an intensive groundwater and stormwater study for the area, which was completed in 2017.
- Visit the Hiawatha Golf Course Groundwater/Stormwater Pumping Assessment project page for more information on that study, which produced numerous reports and assessments.
- The project Executive Summary is a great place to start if you wish to learn about water management at the property and options considered by the MPRB.
Master Plan History
March 2018: The MPRB begins developing a master plan for the golf course property aimed at balancing water management and recreational use. The master plan is informed by a Community Advisory Committee (CAC) made up of park users and stakeholders who will ultimately recommend a design to the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board of Commissioners (Board).
July 2018: The Board clarifies the parameters of the master plan:
- It must pursue a reduced pumping scenario as conceptualized in Alternative B of the Water Management Alternatives Assessment.
- Bring forward a solution that includes, at a minimum, a flood-resilient and ecologically-driven nine-hole configuration for traditional golf.
- Reflect appropriate methods of recognizing the role of Hiawatha Golf Course and the history of black golfers in the Minneapolis park system.
March 2019: Three initial concept alternatives created for the Hiawatha Golf Course Property Master Plan debut at a CAC meeting and online for public feedback.
June 2019: The CAC begins narrowing down its recommendations for one preferred design.
How is the Master Plan funded?
- The Master Plan and related water studies are funded through the MPRB Enterprise Fund, not the Hiawatha Golf Course budget.
- The Enterprise Fund is comprised of profits from the MPRB’s revenue-generating operations (parking fees, golf, ice arenas, food vendors like Sandcastle, recreation rentals like Wheel Fun at Bde Maka Ska and Minnehaha Park).
- This is separate from the General Fund, which is funded by taxes.
Current Project: Hiawatha Golf Course Property Master Plan project page