What to do with Hiawatha Golf Course? Minneapolis has 3 ideas

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Hiawatha Golf Course is the subject of two public meetings on Monday and Tuesday evening, as the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board tries to figure out what to do with the flood-prone land.

The future of the course off of Cedar Avenue in south Minneapolis has been under a cloud since 2014, when heavy flooding led to the discovery that it was pumping 262 million gallons of groundwater every year into nearby Lake Hiawatha to keep the course playable – several times the amount agreed with the DNR.

The Parks Board voted to close the 18-hole course, which had been reduced to 9 holes after the flooding, in 2017, but this was delayed as alternative uses for the land were sought.

It now plans to reduce pumping of the groundwater to 94 million gallons a year, which would lead to some parts of the current course being flooded year-round.

The question now is what will happen with the land once the pumping is reduced, and the Parks Board is seeking feedback on three concepts that were recently made public.

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