We support restoration of two parks, and continued care for a restored park.

Time is running out. Since 1939, Graeser Park in Robbinsdale, MN and Rock Island in St. Louis Park have continued to deteriorate.

Eighty years have been hard on these historic parks. They both desperately need to be saved and restored.

Thanks to the City of St. Louis Park, we can encourage Lilac Way fans to visit the beautifully restored Lilac Park, and be inspired by their dedication.

Preserve and restore Graeser Park’s beehive fireplace and Rock Garden

Robbinsdale, MN

STATUS |  Awaiting MnDOT’s land transfer to City of Robbinsdale for potential restoration

  • MnDOT title work is in process; when completed, MnDOT can transfer ownership of Graeser Park to Robbinsdale (possibly 2019)
  • Robbinsdale Lions Club has maintained park since 2008, in hopes that park will be restored
  • In 2008, City of Robbinsdale moved some original 1939 Lilac Way stone materials from MnDOT’s ‘Beehive Graveyard’ to City storage for future restoration options
  • Restore Lilac Way and Robbinsdale Historical Society is raising public awareness through social media, events and presentations
  • Mayor Regan Murphy is generally supportive; wants beehive to be restored to a usable fireplace (SLP beehive has doors, not usable after restoration)

Preserve and restore Rock Island (AKA Monkey Island)

St. Louis Park, MN

STATUS |  Raising community awareness to encourage preservation

  • Only this north section Rock Island of original Lilac Park on Minnetonka Blvd. remains today, with a rock garden, a pond, island and L-shaped bench
  • In 2012, the City Council reached a consensus that staff resources or money should not be spent to restore this 1939 Lilac Way ‘Rock Garden’
  • We encourage them to review and reconsider that decision
  • There is growing community interest to preserve and restore this rare Lilac Way park designed by landscape architect Arthur Nichols

Promote and raise awareness of restored Lilac Park

St. Louis Park, MN

STATUS  |  Restored, 2008-2009

  • Lilac Park was beautifully restored by a dedicated group of the City of St. Louis Park and local community groups
  • Features one of only two remaining 1939 Lilac Way beehive fireplaces in the U.S., saved and moved to avoid being razed for road construction
  • Fully restored and popular, located right off major bike trail