Did you miss Karen’s ‘Lilac Way Stories’ presentation in February?
No problem! You can just see the ‘Lilac Way Stories: History, Restoration and Graeser Park’s Beehive Fireplace’ presentation online. View the full presentation or just the Graeser Park-only section of the presentation.
It was a great night, thanks to the Robbinsdale Diggers Garden Club and everyone who attended.
Restored Lilac Park
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 ‘Fred Flintstone’-style picnic tables. The barbecue fireplaces had rounded tops, and were nicknamed ‘The Beehives.”
Only two of the seven parks remain today. Sadly, the other five parks were razed for Highway 100 reconstruction.
Check out the map to see their locations and get more info.
Get to know the Lilac Way enthusiast behind this website.
Join the groundswell to restore Graeser Park.
Built in 1939 by unemployed stonemasons as part of Lilac Way, this historical park desperately needs to be saved and restored.
The other beehive was moved to Lilac Park, then beautifully restored by the City of St. Louis Park in 2009.
Encourage St. Louis Park’s City Council to save Rock Island.
Rock Island (aka Monkey Island) was the north end of the original Lilac Park on Minnetonka Blvd. in St. Louis Park. Now hidden by a noise wall, we encourage the City of St. Louis Park to request that MnDOT transfer ownership to SLP so it can be saved, and restored.
In 2008, the beehive fireplace in the South section of Lilac Park was moved and restored.
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 RESTORED: Rock Island
St. Louis Park, MN