Apr 12, 2021 - News

Plan to convert Hiawatha golf course into nine holes dies, for now

Hiawatha Golf Course

A plan to redesign Hiawatha Golf Course has failed, for now. Photo: Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board

A plan to halve the Hiawatha Golf Course into nine holes seemed to pass on a Minneapolis Park Board vote last week, but an amendment killed the master plan for the land, at least for now.

What happened: Commissioners voted 4-2, with two abstentions and one absent, to redesign the course, which is both an ecological mess and an importance place for the Twin Cities Black community.

Plus: There was an amendment to the resolution to rename the clubhouse after Solomon Hughes, who integrated the course. That amendment passed.

  • Yes, but: Immediately after the vote, Commissioner Brad Bourn, who abstained, jumped in and said a name change to park property requires six votes.
  • Since the overall resolution only got four votes, the whole redesign plan failed.

What to watch: Park Board Commissioner Chris Meyer wrote in an email to Nick that "one way or another we will bring the plan back for a vote after the Chauvin trial concludes."

  • Meyer said that could come in the form of a slightly different resolution.

Bourn told Axios the naming rule is a basic one and he assumed the commissioners knew what they were doing.

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