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.

Volunteer efforts were on hold while MnDOT completed their 2021-23 restoration project.

They hope to be part of Graeser Park’s future after MnDOT conveys the park to the City of Robbinsdale, date TBD.

RESTORED! See Graeser Park’s restoration, completed June 2023.

Gathering a few times a summer, these volunteers
  • removed, treated and managed invasive buckthorn near rock garden (with help from City Forester Stephan Papiz)
  • created open vistas so you can see the stone rock garden from West Broadway Avenue
  • removed weeds and overgrowth in stonework
  • mowed grass
  • cleaned up debris
  • removed 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.

These dramatic photos were taken before and after Lions’ cleanup days, prior to MnDOT’s 2021-23 restoration project.

Watch this September 4, 2020 CCX interview with former Robbinsdale City Manager Marcia Glick for more about MnDOT’s release of the easement to the City of Robbinsdale.

You can also read the transcript.

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.”