Our family first used the beehive fireplace at the old Lilac Park at Minnetonka Boulevard and Highway 100 in 1983. We have a picture of our toddler there. When my husband John Olson became a trustee, then vice president, then president of the St. Louis Park Historical Society, we got involved in the first discussions (I via home reports) about saving some of the 1930s structures along Highway 100. (more…)

Diane Steen-Hinderlie and John OlsonSt. Louis Park, MN

“I walked through Graeser Park last evening and just began to cry. The restoration is so wonderful, and the photo of me with my older siblings is one of few of my youth. We lived at 4509 Quail Avenue North in Robbinsdale, and often had picnics here! In this July 1960 photo, I’m on the left and was 4, my brother Curt Brookins was 6 and lives in Golden Valley, and my sister Annette Brookins Petta was 9 and now lives in Arizona.”

Submitted July 3, 2023


Paula Brookins PentelGolden Valley, Minnesota

Zipping toward our grandparent’s house along Highway 100, my sister and I knew we were close when we saw the beehive fireplace in the old Lilac Park! We must have driven by it hundreds of times in the 70’s and 80’s, exiting at Minnetonka Boulevard en route to Dakota Avenue.

Submitted 4.17.2022

Jason BrownRamsey, MN

“My grandfather Julius Atsch was an immigrant from Hungary and a stone mason and bricklayer. He played a big part in the construction of the beehive fireplaces. We often had picnics at Graeser Park in Robbinsdale. Fond memory! (more…)

Patty BurretsMinneapolis, Minnesota

I recall throwing coins in Graeser Park’s fountain as a little child on a picnic with my mom and cousins. I think the first time was with my mom and dad in the early to mid-1960s. We grilled burgers in the beehive grill. I have memories of grilled burgers with ketchup and mustard and Old Dutch Bar-B-Q chips!

Submitted 3.31.2021

Tammy MarieChanhassen, Minnesota

“My family moved from California to Plymouth in 1974 when I was nine. The beehive fireplace in Lilac Park near Minnetonka Boulevard in St. Louis Park was one of the first memories I have of Minnesota. My dad arrived a few weeks early to get the new house ready. The rest of the family flew to Minneapolis. It was my first time out of California.”

Submitted 1.3.2021

Paul MarkertMinneapolis, Minnesota

“My mother, Lorraine Skelly (then of North Minneapolis), took this photo in June of 1944. The three ladies in the photo are some of her friends from Minneapolis Moline (Como Avenue plant), where she worked inspecting Navy shells during WWII. Unfortunately, the ladies in the photo are unidentified (and my mother died back in 1990), so I have no information on who they are. (more…)

Patrick SkellyMinneapolis, Minnesota

It is wonderful news that MnDOT will install salvaged stone picnic tables in Graeser Park. I am proud of the cleanup work the Robbinsdale Lions Club has done. All of the benches were pretty overgrown when I cleaned up the park with fellow Lions. I had the thrill of uncovering one of the benches that I sat on as a kid—I just started clipping away at an edge and little by little – voila! There is much more to be done. (more…)

Monica Johnston MurphyRobbinsdale, Minnesota

“I flew back to MSP for my Dad’s 80th birthday. My plan for weeks was that once I was in my rental car, I was going to take my husband to Graeser Park to check out your preservation efforts. I was probably 10-12 years old the last time I set foot in the park. I was looking forward to my “homecoming” tour. It was like walking back into my childhood home. (more…)

Bryan HowellDallas, Texas

I attended the old Fern Hill School, corner of Minnetonka Boulevard and Ottawa in the 1950’s. We walked to the original Lilac Park for our fall leaf collecting walk and for the end of school picnic. It felt like a very long way. Love that park and its stone work. I am still friends with many of the people I have known since kindergarten at Fern Hill. After many years of living further out I am back in St Louis Park and it is a terrific community.

Carolyn CadeSt. Louis Park, MN