Lilac Way Updates
Graeser Park title transfer from MnDOT to Robbinsdale looks promising
Sept. 7, 2020 – Neil Pursley at CCX Media spoke with Robbinsdale City Manager Marcia Glick and Andrea Weber, Manager of MnDOT’s Historic Roadside Property Program.
They’ve confirmed that most of the documentation to do a transfer to release MnDOT’s easement over the land is complete.
MnDOT installing picnic tables, removing invasive plants in Graeser Park in 2021
Oct. 10, 2020 – MnDOT’s Historic Roadside Property Program has committed resources to provide repairs and cleanup next summer for Graeser Park in Robbinsdale, MN.
Plans include replacing stone picnic tables and benches from salvaged materials, stone masonry repair or stabilization of overlook wall, beehive fireplace, and rock garden trail.
MnDOT plans Rock Island cleanup and stone repair in 2020-21
Oct. 29, 2020 – Rock Island in St. Louis Park will also benefit from MnDOT’s Historic Roadside Property Program (HRPP).
MnDOT’s proposed plans include removal of diseased, damaged, volunteer and invasive trees and shrubs, repair of loose stone masonry in rock garden area for safety, modifications to path mowing and more.
Lilac Park, restored
Supporting preservation of two historic 1939 Lilac Way parks
Join the groundswell to restore Graeser Park and its rare beehive fireplace.
Group formed for future Graeser Park fundraising
Help preserve Rock Island and raise awareness of this 1939 park.
Saved from demolition, Rock Island is all that remains of the original Lilac Park on Minnetonka Boulevard. Its oval pool, 10′ footbridge to an island and handcrafted curved stone bench are hidden by a noise wall.
We encourage efforts to preserve and raise awareness for this park.
In 2008, the beehive fireplace in the South section of Lilac Park was moved and restored.
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.”
Browse the photo albums.
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Start your virtual drive down Lilac Way’s history and parks right here.
RESTORED: Lilac Park (formerly Roadside Park)
St. Louis Park, MN
NEEDS TO BE RESTORED: Graeser Park
NEEDS TO BE PRESERVED: Rock Island
St. Louis Park, MN