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…

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…

Who owns Graeser Park after MnDOT completed their restoration project?

This is a common question. Here’s an October 2023 update from Andrea Salo Weber, manager of MnDOT’s Historic Roadside Properties and Waysides Program. MnDOT owns a permanent easement on Graeser Park There are fee title owners of several parcels within the park but the easement includes all rights to construct and maintain the property. It…

A tribute to Kent Brun, Graeser Park supporter and Robbinsdale Lion

Kent Brun supported historic Graeser Park for years by clearing brush, pulling weeds and raising public awareness. 1952-2023 Sadly, Kent passed away on July 8, 2023 at age 71 from stage IV stomach cancer. We were all glad to hear he toured the park’s completed restoration this summer with his wife Janice. She said he…

Graeser Park Preservation Celebration, July 2023

Graeser Park’s Preservation Celebration was just perfect. This event showcased the completion of MnDOT’s recent major preservation and restoration project. Andrea Weber, Manager of MnDOT’s Historic Roadside Properties Program, spoke of the park’s history and its importance in the community. This wonderful event featured a concert by the Robbinsdale City Band under the direction of…