Help bring Lilac Way’s historic ‘Rock Island’ back to life! Come to a cleanup event, Saturday, May 4th, 9am-noon.

Rock Island is all that remains of the original Lilac Park on Minnetonka Boulevard. Built in 1939, restorelilacway.com and a growing group of volunteers now support a community effort to preserve Lilac Way’s historic ‘Rock Island’ in St. Louis Park. (Some locals call it Monkey Island.)

Grab a shovel or a rake and help unearth limestone pathways in a 1939 Lilac Way park. Help clear weeds around the island, rake, and just spruce up the park. Coffee and treats will be provided, and there are two coffee shops within a couple blocks of the park.

Rock Island is on the west side of Toledo Avenue on the 2800 block, under the trees near the sound wall. Map

Diane Steen-Hinderlie and her husband John Olson will be on hand to discuss their efforts to maintain the park since 2009. We are continuing in their footsteps.

Event details

Date: Saturday, May 4th from 9-12
Place: Rock Island, a 1939 Lilac Way park, Google map
Who is invited: All fans of Lilac Way, families – bring the kids
Parking: Park on west side of Toledo between W 28th & W 29th Streets
Cancellation policy: Event will be rescheduled if it rains

What to bring
  • Gardening tools for weeding and removing dirt
  • Flathead shovel, so delicate limestone doesn’t break (if you have one)
  • Garden hand tools (shovels, shears, etc.)
  • Broom
  • Reusable coffee mug to minimize waste
  • Your memories/stories of Lilac Way to share, if you have any
How you can help
  • Remove weeds
  • Identify where the limestone paths were originally located, and attempt to uncover them (there may be up to 6” of dirt and leaves on top of the pathway)
  • Prepping/raking the park
Learn more

About Rock Island, a Lilac Way park

Restoration goals

Photo albums

Rock Island’s Facebook

Email: rockislandslp@gmail.com or karen@restorelilacway.com