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 love the beehive fireplace now located in renewed Lilac Park. My mom and dad and my brother and my auntie and I used it for picnics years ago when it was located in the original Lilac Park on Minnetonka Boulevard in the 1950s before it was moved to this park. We grilled hot dogs in the beehive fireplace. (more…)

Joann Lowrie

“My Maternal Grandmother found our darling little home at 3108 Salem from 1955-68 for my family. It was and still is a lovely neighborhood. I was a “nature girl”, and back then our alley between Salem and Toledo led to a large wooded area. Lilac Way was like our backyard! The area around Highway 7 and Minnetonka Boulevard on Highway 100 was all woods, lilac bushes as far as the eye could see!

Those were very special times. I would sneak out of the house before dawn and wander along Lilac Way through the woods, checking on all the birdie nests. I spent endless hours and days wandering those woods, climbing the pine trees at the end of Salem Avenue and Highway 7. (more…)

Janet Lehmann NielsenSan Diego, California