LOST: Graeser Park South

Graeser Park South had limestone picnic tables, a council ring, and water pump.

It was bounded by the Burlington Northern Railroad, Highway 100, and Scott Avenue. We’re still looking for photos.

We need info about Graeser Park SOUTH. Can you help?

Graeser Park South Facts
  • Located several feet to south on other side of Broadway Avenue from Graeser Park
  • 1.7-acre park
  • Was physically separated from Graeser Park by West Broadway and railroad
  • Had picnic tables, large limestone council ring, well and pump for fresh water, and original stone and lumber “roadside parking” sign
  • Built in 1939
  • According to Rollie Heywood, long-time historian at Robbinsdale Historical Society, there was a path from the main Graeser Park that went under the West Broadway bridge (and possibly the railroad bridge) to the main Graeser Park
Historical info
  • One of seven original Lilac Way parks
  • Designed by Arthur Nichols, Landscape Architect
  • Built by Works Progress Administration (WPA) as part of one of Minnesota’s largest federal relief projects, 1934-1941
  • Hand-built by unemployed men during Great Depression
  • Significant in the state’s history of transportation
  • Determined ineligible for National Register status

What did the WPA build in Graeser Park South in 1939?

Research shows the following structures in Graeser Park South
  • Beehive fireplace (original plans called for three fireplaces)
  • Council ring
  • Six stone picnic tables, arranged around the council ring
  • Stone refuse container
  • Stone “Roadside Parking” sign
  • Pump with a pump shelter on the site

Read MnDOT’s 1997 Historic Roadside Development Structures Inventory for Graeser Park SOUTH.

Here is the inventory for the larger Graeser Park.