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NEEDS TO BE RESTORED: Graeser Park

The beehive fireplace in Robbinsdale’s 1939 Lilac Way park is one of only two left in the U.S.—and the only beehive in its original location. There is a growing community effort to restore this park.

Graeser Park, 1939-1940

These photos show Graeser Park just after building was completed. Designed by Landscape Architect Arthur Nichols. Stunning.

Maintaining Graeser Park

The Robbinsdale Lions Club and individual Graeser Park Angels have transformed Graeser Park from a forgotten park to a showcase. They removed trees, weeded, and cleaned to help bring this park back to life.

Graeser Park ‘Meet me at the Beehive’ events, 2018

To raise awareness, Kristi Gibson at the Robbinsdale Historical Society did a stupendous job organizing a series of free community events at the park in July-September 2018. Included ‘Yoga at the Beehive,’ a painting party, and Old Log Theatre performing songs from their hit show, ‘Beehive.’

Graeser Park, 2018

Growing community support was driven by the Robbinsdale Lions Club, Kristi Gibson at the Robbinsdale Historical Society, and the relaunch of restorelilacway.com.

Graeser Park, 2016

By 2016, the Robbinsdale Lions Club had been working on the park for six years, and these photos show their dedication.

Graeser Park, 2010

The Robbinsdale Lions started maintaining and cleaning Graeser Park in 2010. Big thanks to Lion Colleen Patterson for these great photos.

Graeser Park, 2007

Taken for the original launch of restorelilacway.com in 2007, these photos show the sad state of this historical Lilac Way park.