Graeser Park’s restoration takes the first big step.
Watch the CCX Media video at left to follow MnDOT’s project to repair and stabilize this historic park. See Northern Bedrock Historic Preservation Corps installing the first picnic table and restoring table platforms for future tables.
Includes interviews with Andrea Weber, MnDOT’s Historic Roadside Property Program Manager, Robbinsdale City Manager Marcia Glick and Kristi Gibson from non-profit Graeser Park Restoration & Preservation.
We are so grateful to MnDOT and this team, the community has waited a long time for this. And there is more coming, will keep you updated as we get the details.
Rock Island’s green space comes back to life.
Surrounded by open space, Rock Island is Lilac Way’s hidden gem in St. Louis Park, MN. Since MnDOT completed their maintenance project in spring 2021, the natural habitat is quickly returning.
It may support native pollinators in decline, such as native rusty patch bumblebee and monarch butterflies, which have been identified nearby.
This open space provides many benefits to the community, including:
- Enhances neighborhood livability and connectivity
- Increases community and property values
- Enhances pedestrian and bicycle access and safety
- Adds desirable urban green space for the community
- Draws people outside and fosters social interactions
Take your own Lilac Way tour—three parks, eight miles, no entrance fees.
A Lilac Way tour is the perfect summer 2021 escape, and it’s free! Stop in at Graeser Park, Rock Island and restored Lilac Park—all located on an 8-mile stretch of Highway 100.
Recent Lilac Way News
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.
Photo Albums Overview Page
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