In today’s StarTribune: Edina looks at two homes for its domes
Plans to build two adjacent sports domes in Edina’s Braemar Park are fading in the face of financial and logistical obstacles. Instead, on Tuesday, the City Council will be asked to proceed with replacement of the Braemar Golf Dome that burned in February while other locations are studied for a proposed sports dome that has strong support from youth sports groups.
Ann Kattreh, the city’s assistant parks and recreation director, said an evaluation of the Braemar location as a site for both domes showed it just wouldn’t work. Officials had hoped that a dome complex with one clubhouse and entry would save energy and management costs.
The consulting team of Cunningham and Anderson/Johnson & Associates has determined that it is not physically possible to co-locate a sports dome and a golf dome at the South Metro Training Facility site. It has also been determined that it is not financially feasible to co-locate a sports dome and golf dome.
If the City locates a replacement golf dome to a site other than its current location, then the City is responsible to pay for all of the needed site improvement costs including new concrete foundations for the dome and the admissions building. Those significant additional site costs are not covered by insurance.
Staff recommends that it is in our customers’ and the City of Edina’s best interest to move forward with replacement of the golf dome membrane and building at its current location as soon as possible to capture revenues for the 2012-2013 winter season.