BRAVO! Graeser Park’s rare beehive fireplace has been preserved, and 11 tables rebuilt in picnic area.
MnDOT’s Historic Roadside Property Program project to preserve Graeser Park is nearly complete. They have preserved the rare beehive fireplace and rebuilt 11 picnic tables using salvaged stonework from lost Lilac Way parks.
Our community has waited a long time to enjoy a picnic on a Graeser Park picnic table. Congratulations to everyone for their endurance and tenacity! We are all grateful to Program Manager Andrea Weber at MnDOT for making this historic park a priority for her program.
Park will be conveyed to city
The city of Robbinsdale and MnDOT are fine-tuning an agreement for MnDOT to convey this property to the city. Once Graeser Park is owned by the city, plans to preserve and restore the park will continue.
New St. Louis Park Sun Sailor column profiles housing threat to historic Rock Island Park.
Read this Important St. Louis Park history hangs in the balance article from the April 11, 2022 Sun Sailor. SLP resident and freelance writer Bruce Lindquist profiled the threat of housing development to this rare Lilac Way park.
Lilac Park, restored
Supporting preservation of two historic 1939 Lilac Way parks
Preservation of Graeser Park’s rare beehive fireplace is done, and 11 stone picnic tables have been rebuilt in the picnic area!
ALERT: Historic Rock Island park is facing a critical decision: preservation as a public park, or development for housing. You can help.
MnDOT has designated Rock Island Park and its surrounding meadows as surplus property. This 1930s WPA hand-built Lilac Way park is located near 28th St. and Toledo Ave. They met with the City of St. Louis Park staff to determine their interest in acquiring the land. This historic park is a ‘sister park’ to restored Lilac Park, and one of only two rock gardens left in MN.
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.”
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AT RISK: Rock Island
St. Louis Park, MN
PRESERVATION IS NEARLY COMPLETE: Graeser Park
RESTORED: Lilac Park (formerly Roadside Park)
St. Louis Park, MN