The first three steps to save Graeser Park have already been taken.

This’ll be a marathon, not a sprint. Stay tuned.

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MnDOT is processing the transfer of Graeser Park’s land title to City of Robbinsdale

The City of Robbinsdale requested that MnDOT transfer the land title of Graeser Park to the City. This transfer process is still underway. Final transfer date is to determined.

Once Graeser Park is owned by the City, we hope plans to preserve and restore the park will begin.

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Non-profit group will launch fundraising after title is transferred

The new Graeser Park Restoration & Preservation (GPR&P) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) with one mission – fundraising for Graeser Park.

Created by a group of dedicated supporters, GPR&P supports saving this historic Lilac Way park and its rare beehive fireplace. Follow their Facebook group for updates.

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The Graeser Park Angels are raising awareness.

If you support saving this park, you’re a Graeser Park Angel.

You’re in good company, alongside the Robbinsdale Lions Club and volunteers who maintain the park, people who enjoy and share the experience of the park, and everyone who wants to see the beehive fireplace saved for future generations.

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VIEW THE PHOTO ALBUMS

STAY TUNED! Details for the next Graeser Park cleanup event will be posted soon.

What could be restored in Graeser Park?

Beehive fireplace
Picnic tables
Rock Garden fountain
Limestone benches

Graeser Park’s restoration can happen with

  • Local government involvement
  • Local and national fundraising efforts
  • Community support
  • Tie-ins with local Historical Societies
  • Crowdfunding
  • Corporate sponsorship (but not naming rights—since park is named for Carl Graeser, it’s important to keep name)
  • Strong social media campaigns
  • Matching gift drive
  • and more…

Funding Graeser Park’s restoration will require community support.

Let Lilac Park’s restoration be your inspiration. This 2009 project in St. Louis Park came with a $225,000+ price tag. And Graeser Park is much bigger—with more structures—than Lilac Park.

Picnic table tops, bases, and limestone saved from MnDOT’s ‘Beehive Graveyard’ can be used to restore Graeser Park.

When MnDOT dismantled three Lilac Way parks for road construction, they saved the fragments, table tops and bases in the Beehive Graveyard.

Now, Robbinsdale has those pieces in storage for safekeeping, so they can be used to restore Graeser Park.

How much will it cost? Estimates will be determined after MnDOT clears the title of the land, and transfers it to the city of Robbinsdale. Fundraising will be needed for restoration.

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City installs protective fencing around Graeser Park beehive fireplace
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The 2019-2023 Robbinsdale Capital Improvement Plan shows $190,000 allocated for Graeser Park Improvements. View the report for more info.

Robbinsdale Capital Improvement Plan, 2019-23 (detail). Projects and funding sources for Park System.
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