In September, Parks and Recreation hosted a Community Input Open House for residents to learn about potential improvements to Dwan Golf Course and clubhouse. The primary purpose of the open house was to gather input from golfers and the general public on desired clubhouse and course enhancements.
Consultants and City staff were present to listen, provide information and answer questions. The architecture firm Hammel, Green and Abrahamson will work on the concept design and cost estimates for the new clubhouse. Kevin Norby, the golf course architect, will work on course improvements and cost estimates.
“Staff has received significant input from Dwan golfers about the improvements they would like to see,” Faus said. “This is the first step in the process to put together the space program, conceptual design and cost estimates that will provide the City Council more accurate information on the true costs to make the improvements.”
More than 100 community members attended the open house. The majority of guests expressed support for some preliminary possible interior clubhouse space designs, and a list of prospective course changes and improvements.
Prior to the open house, Parks and Recreation conducted a customer survey and received nearly 700 responses. Key comments and themes from the survey and open house are summarized below:
Complete redo of the bunkers all over the golf course.
Full alcohol options.
Expanded food options.
Permanent restrooms on the course.
Improved and expanded outdoor seating areas.
Non-golf activities, such as cross country skiing, snowshoeing and walking, allowed in the off-season on the course grounds.
The 18-hole Dwan Golf Course has been Bloomington’s home course since July 11, 1970, when it hosted its first public golf rounds. Having hosted countless tournaments, events, leagues and rounds of golf over 50 years, Dwan is in need of some major updates, including bathroom renovations, an expanded and improved kitchen, and improved front desk.
Updates about this ongoing project will be available on Dwan’s website at blm.mn/dwan. The public will have additional opportunities to provide input on potential improvements at Dwan. For more information about the open house, contact Susan Faus, Deputy Director of Parks and Recreation, at 952-563-8899.