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Meet just a few of Graeser Park’s many supporters.

If you support preservation of this historic park, you’re also a Graeser Park Beehiver. Thanks to a growing community, this park is now a national treasure.

Graeser Park, June 19, 2023. Restored beehive fireplace.
Graeser Park, June 19, 2023. Restored beehive fireplace.
Graeser Park, May 1, 2022. Two of 11 picnic tables, rebuilt from salvaged Lilac Way stone.
Graeser Park, May 1, 2022. Two of 11 picnic tables, rebuilt from salvaged Lilac Way stone.
Graeser Park, June 28, 2023. MnDOT's restoration complete, rock garden. Bench and pond.
Graeser Park, June 28, 2023. MnDOT's restoration complete, rock garden. Bench and pond.

MnDOT completed an amazing three year $500,000 preservation and restoration project in 2023.

In 2021, MnDOT’s Historic Roadside Properties Program started a three phase project in Graeser Park. The project started with tree removal and a rebuilt picnic table. The beehive fireplace was then restored, and 10 more tables rebuilt. MnDOT then focused on safety and accessibility in the rock garden, and added a new accessible walk and picnic table.

A group of enthusiastic volunteers continue to care for this Robbinsdale treasure. We now await MnDOT’s plan to convey the park to the City of Robbinsdale, date TBD. Who owns Graeser Park?

Graeser Park, May 18, 2022. EAI Historic Restoration carefully restores the rare 1930s beehive fireplace.
Graeser Park, May 18, 2022. EAI Historic Restoration carefully restores the rare 1930s beehive fireplace.

Key Organizations

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Robbinsdale Lions Club
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Robbinsdale Historical Society
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Restore Lilac Way

Key Individuals

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Renee Buchanan

Robbinsdale Lions Club
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Kristi Gibson

Robbinsdale Historical Society
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David Krussow

Robbinsdale Historical Society
Karen Laukkonen

Karen Laukkonen

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Paula Mazzacano

President, Graeser Park Restoration and Preservation
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Mark Mueske

Retired
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Colleen & Kenn Patterson

Robbinsdale Lions Club
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Pete Ritchie

President, Robbinsdale Historical Society
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John Zieba

Robbinsdale Lions Club, Robbinsdale Historical Society

In Memoriam

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Jeannine ‘Niner’ McDonald, 1964 – 2024

Robbinsdale Lions Club
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Kent Brun,  1952 – 2023

Robbinsdale Lions Club
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Carol Ahlgren, 1958 – 2021

Architectural Historian

Honorary Beehiver

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Beth Good

Honorary Beehiver, relocated to Kansas
Graeser Park, June 28, 2023. MnDOT's restoration complete, rock garden. Overflow wall between two ponds.
Graeser Park, June 28, 2023. MnDOT's restoration complete, rock garden. Overflow wall between two ponds.

It is easy to be a Graeser Park Beehiver.

Enjoy the park, and help raise awareness and appreciation for this national treasure.