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This dedicated group deserves more than just our thanks.

Graeser Park has been under the proud volunteer stewardship of the Robbinsdale Lions Club since 2008.

Joined by an army of volunteers, they’re bringing Graeser Park back to life—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.

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

Volunteer cleanup efforts are on hold: MnDOT has directed Graeser Park volunteers to stop until the land is transferred to the City of Robbinsdale, or they are approved for MnDOT Sponsorship program.

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

Gathering a few times a summer, these volunteers have
  • removed, treated and managed invasive buckthorn by Rock Garden flagstone steps (with help from City Forester Stephan Papiz)
  • created open vistas so you can see the stone ‘Rock Garden’ from Broadway Avenue to raise awareness of this historical park
  • removed weeds and overgrowth in stonework
  • mowed grass
  • cleaned up debris
  • removed tree stumps

August 8, 2019. Interviewing Graeser Park’s hardworking Jeannine ‘Niner’ McDonald, this CCX story profiles the Robbinsdale Lions Club’s efforts to maintain Graeser Park and also shows SLP’s restored beehive in Lilac Park. Thanks CCX! Length – 1:18

Sept. 26, 2018. Momentum in Movement to Restore Graesar Park. Volunteers are pushing to restore Robbinsdale’s Graesar Park along Highway 100. The group spoke to the Robbinsdale Historical Society about revitalization efforts. Shows Kristi Gibson speaking at Robbinsdale Historical Society. Length – 1:08

August 26, 2018. Graeser Park – View of Rock Garden, 2018. Sweeping panorama of Lions Club Rock Garden cleanup event. Includes music. Length – :21

Here are the dramatic before and after photos.

Newly Discovered Structures, 2019
Maintaining Graeser Park, 2018

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.”