Celebrate Whiz Bang at Graeser Park with free Robbinsdale City Band concert, July 11, 2024, 6:30pm

Enjoy a free concert by the Robbinsdale City Band at Lilac Way’s restored Graeser Park! Last year’s celebration was such a hit, this perfect summer event is back for 2024. Enjoy a free concert and see the park’s restoration up close. In 2023, MnDOT Historic Roadside Properties Program completed their three year, $500,000 preservation project.…

Restore Lilac Way featured in International Lilac Society Journal

The International Lilac Society asked us to share the Lilac Way story in their quarterly journal! In late 2023, Editor Tom Gober contacted Karen Laukkonen, requesting an article for their Lilacs journal. The International Lilac Society is a group of around 300 people from around the world with a love for lilacs. After finding Restore…

Donate to a living memorial for Graeser Park’s departed volunteers

Help us create a living tribute to Graeser Park supporters who have left us. Donate to Graeser Park Angels Fund Click button to donate to the Graeser Park Angels Memorial Fund at the Robbinsdale Historical Society The Graeser Park Angels Memorial Fund This fundraiser was set up to create a tribute planting in the rock…

A heartfelt farewell to Jeannine “Niner” McDonald, a dedicated Graeser Park supporter

Jeannine was a true force of nature with a big heart and a great sense of humor. Her legacy lives on in Graeser Park, a Lilac Way park in Robbinsdale, Minnesota. Jeannine McDonald in Graeser Park, 2019 DONATE IN MEMORY OF JEANNINE  We are raising donations for a ‘tribute planting’ in the rock garden to…

Take your own 2024 Lilac Way tour—three parks, eight miles, no entrance fees.

Visit three historic Depression-era Lilac Way parks on one short drive, and it’s free! Restored Graeser Park, saved Rock Island and renewed Lilac Park are all located on one short 8-mile stretch of Highway 100. Take a break for the perfect escape. Bring a lunch, family and friends, and see the heroic preservation efforts of…

Graeser Park is eligible for the National Register of Historic Places!

Eligibility approved after Minnesota’s State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) reviewed MnDOT’s documentation, MnDOT distributes press release On December 22, 2023, Katherine Haun Schuring, MnDOT’s Cultural Resources Unit, submitted documentation to Minnesota’s State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO). Her report titled Phase II Evaluation Graeser Park, Robbinsdale, Hennepin County, Minnesota (Landscape Research LLC, June 2023) was reviewed…