Sadly, Rock Island’s Second Annual Cleanup Event is cancelled due to COVID-19. We hope to reschedule. If individuals visit to pull weeds, rake or enjoy the park, please follow pandemic safety guidelines.
Future group events will be determined based on Minnesota’s ‘Stay at home’ order. Stay healthy, everyone – Karen
Date: Saturday, May 2nd from 9am-Noon
Place: Rock Island, a 1939 Lilac Way park, Google map
Everyone is welcome: Lilac Way and history fans, neighbors, bring your family and friends
Parking: Park on west side of Toledo between W 28th & W 29th Streets Google map
Cancellation policy: Event will be rescheduled if it rains
How you can help
- Rake leaves and sticks to clear the pond and pathways
- Remove weeds in 1939 flagstone paths
- Remove dirt/grass to uncover hidden original limestone pathways
- Sweep floor of pond
- Cut buckthorn
- Pull weeds of the top of island
- Just spruce up the park
What to bring
- Gardening tools for weeding and removing dirt, shovels, shears, etc.
- Flathead shovel, so delicate limestone doesn’t break (if you have one)
- Reusable coffee mug to minimize waste
- Your memories/stories of Lilac Way to share, if you have any
See Rock Island’s cool handcrafted curved stone bench.
Rock Island is all that remains of the original Lilac Park on Minnetonka Boulevard.
Built in 1939, there is a growing community that supports preservation of Lilac Way’s historic ‘Rock Island’ in St. Louis Park. (Some locals call it Monkey Island.)
Become a part of history.
Meet other fans of history and Lilac Way.
Karen Laukkonen of RestoreLilacWay.com will be there with cool historical info, signs, flyers and other fun historical stuff.
Diane Steen-Hinderlie and her husband John Olson will be on hand to discuss their efforts to maintain the park since 2009. We are continuing in their footsteps.