A summer 2021 Lilac Way tour is the perfect escape, and it’s free! Stop in at Graeser Park, Rock Island and restored Lilac Park—all located on an 8-mile stretch of Highway 100.
Bring a lunch, family and friends, and see the heroic preservation efforts of dedicated volunteers and MnDOT.
These three Insta-worthy historic 1939 parks make for a great getaway.
As of May 28, 2021, MN COVID-19 outdoor park capacity and distancing restrictions have ended. Please be respectful of fellow park visitors. COVID updates
Graeser Park | Robbinsdale, MN
Summer 2021 Update: Look for MnDOT’s project of stone masonry repair, replacement of stone picnic tables and benches from salvaged stone and invasive shrub removal.
- one of only two remaining beehive fireplaces (only one in its original location)
- rock garden with waterfall wall, two ponds, cone fountain and four stone benches
- overlook wall with curved ‘bandshell’ area
- recently unearthed pathways, walls and picnic table platform
- lots of parking spaces
Rock Island | St. Louis Park, MN
Summer 2021 Update: See MnDOT’s recent clearing of damaged, diseased and invasive trees and shrubs.
- all that remains of the now-lost original Lilac Park on Minnetonka Boulevard
- oval pool
- 10′ footbridge to island
- handcrafted curved limestone bench
- many recently unearthed original features, including lost pathways and stone garden walls
- street parking
Lilac Park, restored | St. Louis Park, MN
- beehive fireplace, saved from demolition
- five stone picnic tables
- informational signage
- 20′ dia. council ring with small fire pit (recreational permit required)
- circular walking path
- 100′ row of mature lilacs (blooms mid- to late-May)
- bike rack
- Three parking spaces, one handicap permit space plus street parking