BRAVO! MnDOT has completed their Graeser Park restoration project.
MnDOT’s Historic Roadside Property Program has
- restored the rare beehive fireplace,
- rebuilt 11 picnic tables using salvaged stonework from lost Lilac Way parks,
- installed ADA accessible paths and picnic table
- installed informational signage,
- repaired and repointed four benches, pond walls, some paths in rock garden,
- planted 120 perennials plus shrubs,
- and much more.
We are all grateful to Program Manager Andrea Weber for making this historic park a priority.
MnDOT plans to convey the park to the city of Robbinsdale, date TBD.
HUGE NEWS! On May 1, 2023 the City of St. Louis Park voted YES to save Rock Island Park from development.
Community efforts to save a Lilac Way park were successful. On May 1, 2023, St. Louis Park’s City Council voted YES to Rock Island Park.
They passed two resolutions — to accept Rock Island Park’s south parcel from MnDOT for $0 and use it for park purposes, and to buy the park’s north parcel for $187,000 with no use restrictions.
After the city controls the north parcel, staff anticipate the land will be maintained as-is until there is public process with the community and council direction on the appropriate land use.
Where were the seven Lilac Way parks located on Highway 100?
If you grew up in the area, you probably remember the roadside parks with with picnic tables. The fireplaces had round tops and were nicknamed ‘beehives.”
Meet the designer and Lilac Way enthusiast behind this volunteer project.
Browse the photo albums.
Photo Albums Overview Page
Start your virtual drive down Lilac Way’s history and parks right here.
SAVED FROM DEVELOPMENT: Rock Island Park
St. Louis Park, MN
MnDOT RESTORATION PROJECT IS COMPLETE: Graeser Park
RENEWED: Lilac Park (formerly Roadside Park)
St. Louis Park, MN