ROCK ISLAND PARK ALERT, Jan. 7, 2022
City waiting for MnDOT’s Rock Island Park environmental, historical review
After the City receives MnDOT’s environmental and historical review (anticipated in early 2022), the staff will add this item to a council study session. At that time, council will receive a report that includes all emails from residents on this topic.
If the City decides to request this property, they need to send a letter to MnDOT requesting the land, which would be conveyed at no cost. MnDOT would then send the City an official offer letter, giving the City six months to accept. We encourage then to say YES! Send the letter.
ROCK ISLAND PARK ALERT, Nov. 20, 2021
Rock Island staff report made public, to SLP Council on Nov. 22
Lilac Way’s Rock Island Park is on the agenda for the St. Louis Park city council study session on Monday, Nov. 22nd. A written report regarding ‘MnDOT excess land update – Toledo Avenue and 28th Street’ will be given to the Council.
ROCK ISLAND PARK ALERT, Oct. 10, 2021
SLP Residents: Urge Mayor and City Council to save historic Rock Island park from development
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Lilac Park, restored
Supporting preservation of two historic 1939 Lilac Way parks
Follow the progress to preserve Graeser Park and its rare beehive fireplace.
Group formed for future Graeser Park fundraising
ALERT: Historic Rock Island park is facing a critical decision: preservation as a public park, or sale to a private developer. You can help.
MnDOT no longer needs the land surrounding Rock Island park, a 1930s WPA hand-built Lilac Way park near 28th St. and Toledo Ave. They offered the park and its land to the City of St. Louis Park at no cost on Sept. 30th. This historic park is a ‘sister park’ to restored Lilac Park, and one of only two rock gardens left in MN.
SLP residents: Urge the Mayor and City Council to accept the offer.
All Lilac Way supporters: Join the ‘Say YES to Rock Island Park!’ virtual rally.
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.
AT RISK: Rock Island
St. Louis Park, MN
PRESERVATION HAS STARTED: Graeser Park
RESTORED: Lilac Park (formerly Roadside Park)
St. Louis Park, MN