Graeser Park title transfer from MnDOT to Robbinsdale looks promising

Sept. 7, 2020. A recent interview by Neil Pursley at CCX Media sheds new light on the long-awaited land title transfer for Graeser Park. Watch the video above or read the transcript below. You can also read the CCX article. Speaking with Robbinsdale City Manager Marcia Glick and MnDOT’s Historic Roadside Property Program Manager Andrea…

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

A quick Lilac Way tour is the perfect escape, and it’s free! Stop in at Graeser Park, Rock Island and restored Lilac Park—all located on an 8-mile stretch of Highway 100. Bring a lunch, family and friends, and see the heroic preservation efforts of dedicated volunteers. These three Insta-worthy historic 1939 parks make for a…

Lilac Way featured in new video by historian Joanna Dowling

7.26.20. Exciting news! Our own Lilac Way is featured in historian Joanna Dowling’s new “Along The Way: Midwest Waysides and Rest Stops” video. This well-written and researched film documents the places we stop when we are on the way to somewhere else. Scroll down to watch video The Lilac Way section starts at about 9:00,…

Rock Island Second Annual Cleanup Event, Sat. May 2nd, 2020, 9am-Noon

CANCELLED Sadly, Rock Island’s Second Annual Cleanup Event is cancelled due to COVID-19. We hope to reschedule. If individuals visit to pull weeds, rake or enjoy the park, please follow pandemic safety guidelines. Future group events will be determined based on Minnesota’s ‘Stay at home’ order. Stay healthy, everyone – Karen Event details Key info…

A touching Lilac Way story that inspires this project

Jan. 1, 2020. When the restorelilacway.com website re-launched in May 2018, it included a new Lilac Way stories section. Now I’ve collected many interesting memories from Lilac Way visitors. This latest story from Ed Stately is my favorite so far. He saw a Restore Lilac Way Facebook post with a beehive fireplace, and his memories…

John Zieba presents Lions Club service and Graeser Park stewardship

Nov. 26, 2019. November’s meeting of the Robbinsdale Historical Society featured John Zieba of the Robbinsdale Lions Club. Scroll down to see photo gallery. Organized in 1939, this local Lions Club has a strong commitment to helping the community through financial support and action. All of the help they provide is either voluntary or funded…