PHASE ONE: INVENTORY ANALYSIS
Prepare an inventory of public athletic and recreational facilities owned and managed by the City of Edina and also public athletic and recreational facilities that are owned and managed by the Edina Public Schools. The Edina Public Schools will be requested to provide an inventory analysis of their publicly-owned indoor and outdoor athletic and recreational facilities. The assessment of all publicly-owned indoor and outdoor athletic and recreational facilities should define the following:
- Size of the facility (i.e. junior field vs. senior field; or little league field vs. prep or varsity field, square footage, capacity, etc.)
- Use of those facilities which includes age groups, scheduled uses, and times the facility remains unused (define excess capacity, if any)
- Location of the athletic and/or recreational facility
- Potential for re-programming space or expanding use
This inventory analysis should include a listing of all existing sports domes that current and potential athletic facility users utilize routinely on an annual basis. Also included in this inventory will be current and planned facilities in Edina and the surrounding areas.
PHASE TWO: UNMET NEED AND DESIRE
Determine through feasibility study conducted under the guidance of the Park Board, if there is an unmet need or desire for an indoor athletic facility. Edina’s youth athletic associations will be requested to assist with identifying and validating unmet need and desire for an indoor athletic facility. The Edina Public Schools will be requested to identify the School District’s unmet need and desire for an indoor athletic facility.
PHASE THREE: FINANCIAL FEASIBILITY
If there is an unmet need and desire that is identified and validated, then a professional consultant will be contracted to determine the financial impact on the city to design, build, operate and maintain an indoor athletic facility that is large enough to meet the identified and validated unmet needs and desires. The consultant’s study would initially omit site preparation costs because location would not be determined until and unless the City Council directs the Sports Dome Working Group to continue its mission to recommend a location.
At the end of the Financial Feasibility stage, the Sports Dome Working Group will present its findings and recommendations to the Park Board. The findings should include:
- Inventory analysis findings and recommendations
- Identified unmet needs and desires for an indoor sports dome facility
- Financial impact on the City of Edina to design, build, operate and maintain a sports dome facility
- Recommend to the City Council whether the Sports Dome Working Group (under the guidance of the Park Board) should or should not continue its mission to study and recommend location options
PHASE FOUR: LOCATION, OWNERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT OPTIONS
If directed by City Council, the Sports Dome Working Group (under the guidance of the Park Board) will continue to work with a contracted professional consultant to conduct a feasibility study for a variety of preferred location options. This feasibility study will also include recommendations on the potential options available for each of the following subjects:
- Capital finance
- Operational management and finance