The first two steps to save and restore Graeser Park have already been taken.

Transfer of land title from MnDOT to City of Robbinsdale – in process

Marcia Glick, City Manager of Robbinsdale, MN expects MnDOT to complete the title transfer of Graeser Park to the City by the end of 2019. This process was initiated at the request of the City of Robbinsdale.

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

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


Non-profit group created – fundraising to launch after title transfers

The new Graeser Park Restoration & Preservation (GPR&P) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) with one mission – fundraising for Graeser Park. Created by Colleen Patterson and a group of dedicated supporters, GPR&P supports both the restoration and long-term preservation of this historic Lilac Way park and its rare beehive fireplace.

GPR&P will kickoff fundraising after MnDOT transfers the park’s title to the City of Robbinsdale. Follow their Facebook group for updates.



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.

Scroll to see Graeser Park, Fall 2018.

The 2018-2022 Robbinsdale Capital Improvement Plan shows $190,000 allocated for Graeser Park Improvements. View the report for more info.

Robbinsdale Capital Improvement Plan, 2018-22 (detail). Projects and funding sources for Park System.

Follow Graeser Park on Facebook.