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If you can see a stone path in Graeser Park today, it’s because a Robbinsdale Lion uncovered it.

Graeser Park has been under the proud volunteer stewardship of the Robbinsdale Lions Club since 2008, proving the community still cares about this historic Lilac Way park.

Now, they’re waiting for MnDOT to transfer the Park’s ownership title to Robbinsdale. Once that happens, they hope a restoration process will begin.

Gathering a few times a summer, these volunteers
  • remove, treat and manage invasive buckthorn near rock garden (with help from City Forester Stephan Papiz)
  • create open vistas so you can see the stone rock garden from West Broadway Avenue
  • remove weeds and overgrowth in stonework
  • mow grass
  • clean up debris
  • remove tree stumps

12.09.20. This Graeser Park aerial drone footage shows a 360° view of the rock garden area of the park. It includes the stairway, four benches, waterfall wall, two ponds, cone fountain, and many flagstone paths. Length – 0:17.

11.6.20. Take a virtual walk around Graeser Park’s rare beehive fireplace on a rare sunny November day in MN. One of only two remaining beehives built by the WPA, it’s the only one in its original location. Length – 0:48.

Dramatic before and after photos

Volunteer cleanup efforts are on pause until Graeser Park volunteers are approved for MnDOT’s Highway Sponsorship Program.

Title transfer update: Watch the CCX interview with Marcia Glick for more about the land transfer.

Photo albums

Maintaining Graeser Park, 2020
Maintaining Graeser Park, 2020
Graeser Park, 2020

Kent Brun, Robbinsdale Lions Club

“That’s our goal, to have this thing restored. We just know it’s going to cost money to do it. People from all over would come here, specifically for this park, just to have a Sunday afternoon picnic.

The beehive is very characteristic of these parks, and we are thankful that it is still available. There are so many details to be worked on, and we just haven’t scratched the surface yet.”