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Braemer Park is Edina's largest park. Family-friendly amenities include hills and lakes and mature trees. It is 500 acres and incorporates Braemar Golf Course, Braemar Arena and the Courtney Fields Complex. Braemar Field is a year-round sports field. It is covered from November through April. Amenities include a turf field and public track.
Climate-Controlled Winter Sports Dome
The climate controlled dome is a popular for practicing soccer, football and other activities during the winter months. It also has three indoor batting cages. Entrance for most activities is $5 a session. Season passes and multiple-use punch cards are available.
The turf track is free to use without paying the entrance fee and is open 6 a.m.-9 p.m. daily except during baseball and lacrosse practices.
- Note that Braemar Arena is a separate facility and we have more details about it here.
- Scroll to the bottom of this article for information about the golf dome.
Tot Time at Braemar Field
Tot Times historically run November through April, offering a covered area where kids can run and play safely. During the winter of 2019-2020, tot times are offered on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., with equipment available for check out. Toys from home are also allowed. Cost: $5/child. More Twin Cities Tot Times.
Note: While we do everything we can to keep updated information, Tot Times are subject to change based on facility availability. We advise calling ahead to verify times.
Family Nights at the Dome
Family Nights also run November through April in the dome. Families can exercise together when its cooler out. Family Nights also cost $5/session for each attendee. Open Dome times are less regular than tot times. In 2019/2020, the schedule is as follows:
Wednesdays (Oct. 30 - Dec. 18) 6 - 7 p.m.
Fridays (Jan. 3 - March 27) 4:30 - 5:30 pm
Wednesdays (April 1 - 22) 3:30 - 5 pm
Updating Braemar Park
The City is starting to plan for additions to Braemar Park. In particular, they would like to develop under used for possible trails or other year-round uses. Most recently, in September of 2018, the South Arena walls and doors were freshly painted, the floor trim replaced and the rink boards adjusted. Follow the process on the City of Edina's website.
Sledding at Braemar Park
With its rolling hills, Braemar Park offers options for sledding at various levels.
Braemar Golf Course, Driving Range and Golf Dome
Braemar Golf Course’s driving range and Dome have both repeatedly been named among the nation’s top 50 by the Golf Range Association of America (GRAA). Braemar Golf Dome is open throughout the winter. The Braemar Golf Course and Driving Range are open spring to fall.
The perimeter path around the golf course is 2.4 miles and open to walkers.
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