MnDOT confirms Rock Island Park is surplus land, City of SLP reviewing options

Rock Island Park, Sept. 8, 2021. Looking east over the rock garden, one of only two left in MN. Rock Island Park, Sept. 8, 2021. Looking north to the park's open meadow. Here are the latest Rock Island Park updates from MnDOT’s West Area Engineer and the Engineering Director of the City of St. Louis…

SLP Residents: Urge Mayor and City Council to accept MnDOT offer of free historic Rock Island park, save from development

Lilac Way’s historic Rock Island park is facing a critical decision: preservation as a public park, or sale to a private developer. We need help from St. Louis Park residents. Learn the facts, then scroll down to email the City with just one click. MnDOT is evaluating options to designate Rock Island park as Surplus Property. If…

MnDOT may designate Rock Island and surrounding land as Surplus Property; City of St. Louis Park will get first right of refusal

MnDOT and the City of St. Louis Park have met to discuss the future of Rock Island and its surrounding green space. If you support historic Rock Island and its open meadow, please stay informed about this issue and support preservation of this historic park and green space. This Lilac Way park is at risk,…

Lilac Park’s restored beehive fireplace featured in MSP Magazine

May 8, 2021. The “Where to Live Now” May 2021 issue of Mpls.St.Paul Magazine featured the restored beehive fireplace in Lilac Park in St. Louis Park, MN. Their ‘Found Art’ article includes remnants of Twin Cities past that are hiding in plain site. According to writer Andy Sturdevant, “The beehive fireplace from Lilac Park, now…

Rock Island cleared of invasive trees and shrubs, MnDOT proposes more improvements

April 9, 2021. Rock Island has a dramatic new look! This historic Lilac Way park hasn’t seen this much action in decades. After marking protected trees and shrubs with blue ribbons, MnDOT removed diseased, damaged and invasive trees and shrubs in late March 2021. Thanks to Historic Roadside Property Program (HRPP) Manager Andrea Weber for…

Read a transcribed 1938 Minneapolis Journal article, ‘Lilac Way Here Soon’

Kristi Gibson of the Robbinsdale Historical Society transcribed an original hard-to-read 1938 Minneapolis Journal article, and even recreated the layout. Now you can browse or search the story in easy-to-read, mobile-friendly text. Scroll down to see her replication of the article as it appeared in the newspaper. Thanks for preserving this piece of Lilac Way…

Rock Island: MnDOT removing diseased, damaged and invasive trees and shrubs in March 2021

Rock Island will be getting some well-deserved TLC from MnDOT starting March 22-26. Invasive plants and trees are causing damage to the historic stone structures and deterring growth of quality plantings in Rock Island. Built during the Great Depression, it is all that remains of the original Lilac Park near Minnetonka Boulevard and Highway 100.…