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White Paper
Hiawatha Golf Course

February 2019

SaveHiawatha18 has written a White Paper laying out the information that we have discovered in the past 2 years regarding the attempt to close the 18-hole Hiawatha Golf Course.

This White Paper includes an Executive Summary followed by a Detailed Discussion of each of the following topics:

  • What are the erroneous and untrue reasons given for closing Hiawatha Golf Course?
  • What are the real reasons for wanting to close Hiawatha Golf Course?
  • What are the possible negative effects of the proposed plan?
  • What should be done?
  • Finally, what is Golf?
  • You can access the White Paper at the following link:

    SaveHiawatha18 White Paper

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    One further note:

    The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) is defining a revised plan for Hiawatha Golf Course that will include at least 9 holes of golf on the property. This White Paper was written before the new plan is revealed.

    But, we understand that the MPRB is still trying to create a plan that would store more water on this property which we believe is extremely concerning because:

  • "reduced pumping" does not solve the water problems being experienced by the surrounding neighborhoods and the golf course,
  • the plans need more scientific data based on current and future conditions,
  • the plans would, most likely, put the surrounding neighborhoods at risk,
  • and, we have found absolutely no reasons that require the closing of the 18-hole Hiawatha Golf Course.

  • Source Documents:

  • (1) Feb. 2017 Barr Engineering Groundwater Report commissioned by the MPRB.
  • (2) Hiawatha Golf Course Area Water Management Alternatives Assessment, Impact Assessment, 7/14/2017.
  • (3) Executive Summary - Hiawatha Golf Course Area - Water Management Alternatives Assessment, July, 2017.
  • (4) Prior Lake Stormwater Management & Flooding Mitigation Study, December 2016.
  • (5) Hiawatha Golf Course Area Water Management Alternatives Assessment - Benefits and Cost Comparative Screening - July 14, 2017.
  • (6) Meadowbrook Golf Course and Minnehaha Creek Improvements Environmental Assessment Worksheet, December 2, 2015.
  • (7) Golf Convergence's Golf Course Operational and Financial Consulting Review, January 2, 2014.