Restore Lilac Way featured in International Lilac Society Journal

The International Lilac Society asked us to share the Lilac Way story in their quarterly journal! In late 2023, Editor Tom Gober contacted Karen Laukkonen, requesting an article for their Lilacs journal. The International Lilac Society is a group of around 300 people from around the world with a love for lilacs. After finding Restore…

Donate to a living memorial for Graeser Park’s departed volunteers

Help us create a living tribute to Graeser Park supporters who have left us. Donate to Graeser Park Angels Fund Click button to donate to the Graeser Park Angels Memorial Fund at the Robbinsdale Historical Society The Graeser Park Angels Memorial Fund This fundraiser was set up to create a tribute planting in the rock…

Take your own 2024 Lilac Way tour—three parks, eight miles, no entrance fees.

Visit three historic Depression-era Lilac Way parks on one short drive, and it’s free! Restored Graeser Park, saved Rock Island and renewed Lilac Park are all located on one short 8-mile stretch of Highway 100. Take a break for the perfect escape. Bring a lunch, family and friends, and see the heroic preservation efforts of…

Graeser Park is eligible for the National Register of Historic Places!

Eligibility approved after Minnesota’s State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) reviewed MnDOT’s documentation, MnDOT distributes press release On December 22, 2023, Katherine Haun Schuring, MnDOT’s Cultural Resources Unit, submitted documentation to Minnesota’s State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO). Her report titled Phase II Evaluation Graeser Park, Robbinsdale, Hennepin County, Minnesota (Landscape Research LLC, June 2023) was reviewed…

Graeser Park Preservation Celebration, July 2023

Graeser Park’s Preservation Celebration was just perfect. This event showcased the completion of MnDOT’s recent major preservation and restoration project. Andrea Weber, Manager of MnDOT’s Historic Roadside Properties Program, spoke of the park’s history and its importance in the community. This wonderful event featured a concert by the Robbinsdale City Band under the direction of…

SLP Votes YES to Rock Island Park – Accepts MnDOT’s offer of rock garden at no charge, will buy north meadow with usage TBD

We’ve made history! St. Louis Park has voted to accept Rock Island Park’s south parcel from MnDOT for no fee, and to buy the park’s north parcel for $187,000. On May 1, 2023 the St. Louis Park City Council voted on the much-anticipated resolution to save Lilac Way’s historic Rock Island Park on 28th and…