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

A summer 2021 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 and MnDOT. These three Insta-worthy historic Depression-era parks…

How much did a Lilac Way stone picnic table cost in 1938?

Cool find! MnDOT’s Historic Roadside Property Program Manager noted something interesting in a 1938 MnDOT Belt Line report showing the cost of creating a Lilac Way stone picnic tables. The seven original Lilac Way parks each had these unique stone tables. The parks were built alongside Highway 100 during the Great Depression, providing work for…

Graeser Park: MnDOT installing picnic tables, removing invasive plants in 2021

MnDOT’s Historic Roadside Property Program has committed resources to provide repairs and cleanup for this historic Lilac Way park in summer 2021. New MnDOT maintenance project will precede title transfer to City of Robbinsdale. After speaking with park supporters and seeing community enthusiasm, Historic Roadside Property Program (HRPP) Manager Andrea Weber dedicated funding to improve…

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…

Graeser Park excavation uncovers lost 1939 staircase

August 26, 2020. With a hobby background in archaeology and many volunteer hours, Robbinsdale Lion Beth Good uncovered a lost Lilac Way handcrafted stone staircase. In 2018, she uncovered the path and wall leading to the stairs and part of the V-shaped retaining wall. In 2019, Beth found the wall near staircase and the ‘Promontory…

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,…