These partners funded this $225,000 historical project:
City of St. Louis Park
St. Louis Park Historical Society
Donations to the ‘Save the Beehive’ Fund
Scroll to see the restoration process
How it was restored
Lilac Park required true artisans to bring it back to life. It took two years of planning, a year of restoration and a team of dedicated workers.
Formerly known as St. Louis Park Roadside Park, it is located at the southeast corner of Highway 100 & Highway 7/County Road 25 in St. Louis Park, Minnesota.
The beehive fireplace was moved from the original Lilac Park. After restoration, this park’s name was changed to Lilac Park, to honor a lost park.
When completed, the team had
- moved beehive fireplace and limestone picnic table from original Lilac Park at Highway 100 and Minnetonka Boulevard on Oct. 22, 2008, to this park for restoration
- restored historically significant structures
- added new features
- installed new trail connection to Southwest Regional Trail
- replaced landscaping, inspired by the original 1939 plan
- cleaned and restored limestone tables
- built limestone patterned cement concrete bases for restored tables
- resurfaced circular internal biking/walking trail (formerly a roadway)
- implemented interpretive park and trail signage, designed by Laukkonen Design
- provided a lasting legacy honoring MnDOT and the Minnesotans in the WPA
This renovation was made possible with the dedication of these generous partners:
The true heroes behind this project in 2009:
- RICK BIRNO, Park Superintendent, wrote the proposal, got funding from the City, worked closely with MnDOT, hired the contractors, and planned the Grand Opening
- JIM VAUGHAN, City Staff – Parks and Recreation
- KATHY JOHNSON, JEANNE ANDERSEN, BOB JORVIG, BOB and BARBARA REISS of the St. Louis Park Historical Society
- BRUCE CORNWALL, Resident/Park Commissioner
- BETTE DANIELSON, Nordic Ware
- MIKE McGARVEY, Resident/Landscape Architect
- CHRIS REISS, Resident/Rotary Club
- ELIZABETH WALTON, Minnesota Department of Transportation
- ADAM FULTON, MEG McMONIGAL and SEAN WALTHER, City Staff – Planning
- BILL THURSTON AND CITY STAFF – Engineering
Scroll to see the Grand Opening event on July 13, 2009.
Watch the video of moving the historical beehive fireplace from the original Lilac Way park at Minnetonka Boulevard to Lilac Park on Highway 7.