Take a virtual trip down Lilac Way.

These photo galleries tell an amazing story.

Scroll through the photos.

On a desktop computer

Each slideshow has this arrow in the lower right corner, click to play the slideshow.

Click this to pause the slideshow.

Click on these arrows to go backwards or forwards.

On a phone or tablet mobile device

Swipe left or right to view the slideshow. 

Seven Lilac Way Parks, 1939-41 • Read about
  • Graeser Park, 1940. Beehive fireplace (upper left), rock garden. Photo: MN Historical Society

  • Graeser Park, 1940. Beehive fireplace (left center), and 10-11 picnic tables. Photo: MN Historical Society.

  • Graeser Park, 1940. Stone stairway leading from Broadway Avenue down into Graeser Park. Photo: MN Historical Society.

  • Blazer Park, 1939. Waterfall. Photo: MnDOT.

  • Blazer Park, 1939. Tapered fireplace. Photo: MnDOT.

  • Blazer Park, 1939. Tapered fireplace. Photo: MnDOT.

  • Blazer Park, 1939. Council ring. Photo: MnDOT.

  • Blazer Park, 1939. Photo: MnDOT.

  • Signpost at Blazer Park on Lilac Way, black and white photo

    Blazer Park, 1939. Entrance sign. Photo: MnDOT.

  • Excelsior Blvd. Park, 1939. Picnic table. Photo: MnDOT.

  • Beehive fireplace in Excelsior Boulevard Roadside Parking Area, Lilac Way

    Excelsior Blvd. Park, 1939. Beehive fireplace. Photo: MnDOT.

  • Excelsior Blvd. Park, 1939. Photo: MnDOT.

  • Excelsior Boulevard Roadside Parking Area, 1939. Photo: MnDOT.

  • Excelsior Blvd. Park, 1939. Parking structure. Photo: MnDOT.

  • Glenwood Avenue Roadside Parking Area, 1939.

  • Glenwood Avenue Roadside Parking Area, 1939. Firepit. Photo: MnDOT.

  • Lilac Park (original), Mtka. Blvd. 1939. Beehive fireplace. Photo: MnDOT.

  • Lilac Park (original), Mtka. Blvd. 1939. Limestone picnic table. Photo: MnDOT.

  • Lilac Park (original), Mtka. Blvd. 1939. Northern rock garden, oval pool. Photo: MnDOT.

  • Lilac Park (original), Mtka. Blvd. 1940. Photo: MN Historical Society.

  • Lilac Park (original at Minnetonka Blvd.), 1941. Photo: MnDOT.

  • Lilac Park, original (Minnetonka Blvd.), 1941. Beehive fireplace and picnic tables. Photo: MnDOT.

  • Lilac Park, original (Minnetonka Blvd.), 1939. Beehive fireplace, rock garden pool and island. Photo: MnDOT.

  • Lilac Park (original), Mtka. Blvd. 1939. Photo: MnDOT.

  • Lilac Park (original), Mtka. Blvd. 1939. Photo: MnDOT.

  • Lilac Park (original), Mtka. Blvd. 1939. Northern rock garden, oval pool. Photo: MnDOT.

  • Lilac Park (original), Mtka. Blvd. 1939. Photo: MnDOT.

  • Lilac Park (original), Mtka. Blvd. 1941. Photo: MnDOT.

  • Lilac Park (original), Mtka. Blvd. 1939. Photo: MnDOT.

Five Lost Parks of Lilac Way • Read about
  • Lilac Park (original), Mtka. Blvd. 1939. Northern rock garden, oval pool. Photo: MnDOT.

  • Lilac Park (original at Minnetonka Blvd.), 1941. Photo: MnDOT.

  • Lilac Park (original), Mtka. Blvd. 1939. Limestone picnic table. Photo: MnDOT.

  • Lilac Park (original), Mtka. Blvd. 1939. Northern rock garden, oval pool. Photo: MnDOT.

  • Lilac Park (original), Mtka. Blvd. 1939. Northern rock garden, oval pool. Photo: MnDOT.

  • Lilac Park (original), Mtka. Blvd. 1939. Photo: MnDOT.

  • Lilac Park (original), Mtka. Blvd. 1940. Photo: MN Historical Society.

  • Lilac Park (original at Minnetonka Blvd.), 1939. Photo: MnDOT.

  • Lilac Park (original), Mtka. Blvd. 1939. Photo: MnDOT.

  • Lilac Park (original), Mtka. Blvd. 1939. Photo: MnDOT.

  • Blazer Park, 1939. Photo: MnDOT.

  • Blazer Park, 1939. Waterfall and landscaping. Photo: MnDOT.

  • Blazer Park, 1939. Council ring. Photo: MnDOT.

  • Blazer_fireplace_2_1939

  • Blazer Park, 1939. Tapered fireplace. Photo: MnDOT.

  • Signpost at Blazer Park on Lilac Way, black and white photo

    Blazer Park, 1939. Entrance sign. Photo: MnDOT.

  • Beehive fireplace in Excelsior Boulevard Roadside Parking Area, Lilac Way

    Excelsior Blvd. Park, 1939. Beehive fireplace. Photo: MnDOT.

  • Lilac Park (original), Mtka. Blvd. 1941. Photo: MnDOT.

  • Excelsior Blvd. Park, 1939. Picnic table. Photo: MnDOT.

  • Excelsior Blvd. Park, 1939. Photo: MnDOT.

  • Excelsior Blvd. Park, 1939. Shows 6 tables, beehive fireplace. Photo: MnDOT.

  • Excelsior Blvd. Park, 1939. Parking structure. Photo: MnDOT.

  • Excelsior Boulevard Roadside Parking Area, 1939. Photo: MnDOT.

  • Glenwood Avenue Roadside Parking Area, 1939.

  • Glenwood Avenue Roadside Parking Area, 1939. Firepit. Photo: MnDOT.

  • St. Louis Park Roadside Parking Area (now renamed Lilac Park), 1953. Located at Hwy7/Hwy100.

Beehive Fireplace Design, 1937 • Read about
  • Triple beehive fireplace, 1937. Construction plan & material list by MN Highway Dept.

  • Triple beehive fireplace, 1937. Construction plan & material list by MN Highway Dept.

  • Triple beehive fireplace, 1937. Construction plan & material list by MN Highway Dept.

  • 2008. Before moving beehive fireplace from Mtka. Blvd to Hwy 7.

  • Lilac Park with restored, 2009.

Beehive Graveyard, 2008 • Read about
  • Beehive Graveyard, 2008. Limestone tabletops from dismantled Lilac Way parks.

  • Beehive Graveyard, 2008. Limestone materials from dismantled Lilac Way parks.

  • Beehive Graveyard, 2008. Limestone tabletops from dismantled Lilac Way parks.

  • Beehive Graveyard, 2008. Limestone tabletops from dismantled Lilac Way parks.

  • Beehive Graveyard, 2008. Limestone tabletops from dismantled Lilac Way parks.

  • Beehive Graveyard, 2008. Limestone tabletop from dismantled Lilac Way parks.

  • Beehive Graveyard, 2008. Limestone table bases from dismantled Lilac Way parks.

  • Beehive Graveyard, 2008. Sadly, this pile of rubble used to be a Lilac Way park.

  • Beehive Graveyard, 2008. Sadly, this pile of rubble used to be a Lilac Way park.

  • Beehive Graveyard, 2008. Sadly, this pile of rubble used to be a Lilac Way park.

  • Beehive Graveyard, 2008. Limestone table bases from dismantled Lilac Way parks.

  • Beehive Graveyard, 2008. Limestone table base from dismantled Lilac Way parks.

  • Beehive Graveyard, 2008. Limestone table bases from dismantled Lilac Way parks.

  • Beehive Graveyard, 2008. Limestone table bases from dismantled Lilac Way parks.

  • Beehive Graveyard, 2008. Limestone table pieces from dismantled Lilac Way parks.

  • Beehive Graveyard, 2008. Limestone table bases from dismantled Lilac Way parks.

  • Beehive Graveyard, 2008. Limestone table bases from dismantled Lilac Way parks.

  • Beehive Graveyard, 2008. Limestone table pieces from dismantled Lilac Way parks.

  • Beehive Graveyard, 2008. Limestone table pieces from dismantled Lilac Way parks.

Beehive fireplace moved in 2008 • Read about
  • 2008. Moving beehive fireplace from Mtka. Blvd to Hwy 7.

  • 2008. Before moving beehive fireplace from Mtka. Blvd to Hwy 7.

  • 2008. Moving beehive fireplace from Mtka. Blvd to Hwy 7.

  • 2008. Moving beehive fireplace from Mtka. Blvd to Hwy 7.

  • 2008. Moving beehive fireplace from Mtka. Blvd to Hwy 7.

  • 2008. Moving beehive fireplace from Mtka. Blvd to Hwy 7.

  • 2008. Moving beehive fireplace from Mtka. Blvd to Hwy 7.

  • 2008. Moving beehive fireplace from Mtka. Blvd to Hwy 7.

  • 2008. Moving beehive fireplace from Mtka. Blvd to Hwy 7.

  • 2008. Moving beehive fireplace from Mtka. Blvd to Hwy 7.

  • 2008. Moving beehive fireplace from Mtka. Blvd to Hwy 7.

  • 2008. Beehive fireplace next to restored table in new Lilac Park.

  • 2008. Beehive fireplace next to restored table in new Lilac Park.

  • Lilac Park with restored, 2009.

  • Lilac Park with restored, 2009.

  • Lilac Park with restored, 2009.

  • Lilac Park with restored, 2009.

  • Lilac Park with restored, 2009.

Blazer Park • Read about
  • Blazer Park, 1939. Waterfall and landscaping. Photo: MnDOT.

  • Beehive fireplace at Blazer Park on Lilac Way, black and white photo

    Blazer Park, 1939. Tapered fireplace. Photo: MnDOT

  • Blazer Park, 1939. Tapered fireplace. Photo: MnDOT.

  • Blazer Park, 1939. Photo: MnDOT.

  • Blazer Park, 1939. Council ring. Photo: MnDOT.

  • Signpost at Blazer Park on Lilac Way, black and white photo

    Blazer Park, 1939. Entrance sign. Photo: MnDOT.

Building Highway 100 & Lilac Way • Read about
  • 1935: Gas shovels bite into edge of Superior Blvd. Photo: Henn. Cty. Lib.

  • 1935. Cloverleaf cut down by grader. Photo: Henn. Cty. Libr.

  • 1935. Road ready for grass seeding. Photo: Henn. Cty. Lib.

  • 1935. Engineer's landscaping sketch. Photo: Henn. Cty. Lib.

  • 1935. Lumber yard near Wayzata Blvd bridge. Photo: Henn. Cty. Lib.

  • 1935. Workers leaving Camp B on Highway 100, were first brought to site in open dump trucks. Photo: Mpls. Lib.

  • 1935. Cloverleaf eliminates left turns. Photo: Henn. Cty. Lib.

  • 1936. Using shovels to prepare Glenwood Ave. approach. Photo: Henn. Cty. Lib.

  • 1936. Power shovels, Toledo Ave and W 27th St., halted by extreme cold. Photo: Henn. Cty. Lib.

  • 1936. J.T. Weisz (L) & John Hackett tend pile driving device day and night in extreme cold. Photo: Hennepin County Library

  • 1936. Concrete poured into forms for underpass at Wayzata Blvd. This section cost $65,000 of $2,000,000 project. Photo: Hennepin County Library

  • 1937. It took 50-75 men 4-6 months to construct grade separation at Wayzata Blvd. Pilings provided foundation for bridge spans. Photo: Hennepin County Library

  • 1936. Highway 100 Belt Line construction. Photo: MN Historical Society

  • 1936. Highway 100 Belt Line construction. Photo: MN Historical Society

  • 1936. Highway 100 Belt Line construction. Photo: MN Historical Society

  • WPA_workers construction.4121-A, HE3.81 r129, YR1943.2738, 4121-A

    WPA workers building a bridge on Hwy 100. Photo: MN Hist. Soc.

  • 1936. Highway 100 Belt Line construction. Photo: MN Historical Society

  • 1937. Construction of North approach to Wayzata Blvd. cloverleaf. Photo: MN Hist. Soc.

  • 1937. Highway 100 Belt Line construction. Photo: MN Historical Society

  • 1937. Highway 100 Belt Line construction. Photo: MN Historical Society

  • 1937. Highway 100 Belt Line construction. Photo: MN Historical Society

  • 1937. Highway 100 Belt Line construction. Photo: MN Historical Society.

  • 1937. Highway 100 Belt Line construction. Photo: MN Historical Society

  • 1940. Highway 100, with lilacs on both sides of the bridge. Golden Valley. Photo: Hennepin County Library

  • 1937. Cloverleaf on Highway 100. Photo: MN History Society.

  • 1940. View of St. Louis Park, looking south on Belt Line Highway from cloverleaf on Highway 7. Photo: MN Historical Society.

  • 1940. Highway 100, looking N towards Minnetonka Blvd. in St. Louis Park. Photo: MN Historical Society

  • 1940. Highway 100 Belt Line construction. Photo: MN Historical Society.

  • 1943. Traffic jam on Highway 100 during first weekend. Photo: Hennepin County Library

  • 1945. MnDOT truck.

  • 1948. Aerial photo of MN’s first cloverleaf at Hwy. 7 & 100 in SLP. Photo: Ver Keljik, MN Historical Society.

Cloverleaf Interchange Design • Read about
  • 1948. Aerial photo of MN’s first cloverleaf at Hwy. 7 & 100 in SLP. Photo: Ver Keljik, MN Historical Society.

  • 1935. Cloverleaf cut down by grader. Photo: Henn. Cty. Libr.

  • 1935. Cloverleaf eliminates left turns. Photo: Henn. Cty. Lib.

  • 1937. Construction of North approach to Wayzata Blvd. cloverleaf. Photo: MN Hist. Soc.

  • 1937. Highway 100 Belt Line construction. Photo: MN Historical Society.

  • 1937. Cloverleaf on Highway 100. Photo: MN History Society.

  • 1937. North approach to Wayzata Blvd. cloverleaf intersection under construction.
    Photo: Hennepin County Library.

  • 1940. View of St. Louis Park, looking south on Belt Line Highway from cloverleaf on Highway 7. Photo: MN Historical Society.

  • 1940. Highway 100 Belt Line construction. Photo: MN Historical Society.

Excelsior Boulevard Park • Read about
Graeser Park Cleanup, 2016-17 • Read about
  • Graeser Park, 2016-17. Volunteers clean up park.

  • Graeser Park, 2016-17. Volunteers clean up park.

  • Graeser Park, 2016-17. Volunteers clean up park.

  • Graeser Park, 2016-17. Volunteers clean up park.

  • Graeser Park, 2016-17. Volunteers clean up park.

  • Graeser Park, 2016-17. Volunteers clean up park.

  • Graeser Park, 2016-17. Volunteers clean up park.

  • Graeser Park, 2016-17. Volunteers clean up park.

  • Graeser Park, 2016-17. Volunteers clean up park.

  • Graeser Park, 2016-17. Volunteers clean up park.

  • Graeser Park, 2016-17. Volunteers clean up park.

  • Graeser Park, 2016-17. Volunteers clean up park.

  • Graeser Park, 2016-17. Volunteers clean up park.

  • Graeser Park, 2016-17. Volunteers clean up park.

  • Graeser Park, 2016-17. Volunteers clean up park.

  • Graeser Park, 2016-17. Volunteers clean up park.

  • Graeser Park, 2016-17. Volunteers clean up park.

  • Graeser Park, 2016-17. Volunteers clean up park.

  • Graeser Park, 2016-17. Volunteers clean up park.

  • Graeser Park, 2016-17.

Graeser Park, 2007 • Read about
Graeser Park, 2016 • Read about
  • Graeser Park, 2016. Beehive fireplace.

  • Graeser Park, 2016. Beehive fireplace.

  • Graeser Park, 2016. Beehive fireplace.

  • Graeser Park, 2016. Beehive fireplace.

  • Graeser Park, 2016. Flagstone pad for picnic table.

  • Graeser Park, 2016. Steps and wall.

  • Graeser Park, 2016. Steps and wall.

  • Graeser Park, 2016. Steps and wall.

  • Graeser Park, 2016. Bench and path.

  • Graeser Park, 2016. Steps and wall.

  • Graeser Park, 2016. Overlooking fountain area.

  • Graeser Park, 2016. Overlooking fountain area.

  • Graeser Park, 2016. Overlooking fountain area.

  • Graeser Park, 2016. Overlooking fountain area.

  • Graeser Park, 2016. Bench.

  • Graeser Park, 2016. Bench and path.

  • Graeser Park, 2016. Bench and path.

  • Graeser Park, 2016. Entrance to fountain area.

  • Graeser Park, 2016. Overlooking fountain area.

  • Graeser Park, 2016. Bench and path.

  • Graeser Park, 2016. Overlook wall with flagstone terrace.

  • Graeser Park, 2016. Overlook wall with flagstone terrace.

  • Graeser Park, 2016. Beehive fireplace.

Graphics, Campaign to Restore Lilac Way (retired) • Read about
  • Campaign to Restore Lilac Way (retired) | Brand design

  • Campaign to Restore Lilac Way (retired) | Poster Kit

  • Campaign to Restore Lilac Way (retired) | Tee shirt

  • Campaign to Restore Lilac Way (retired) | Buttons

  • Proposed signage along Highway 100, from Lilac Park in St. Louis Park to Graeser Park in Robbinsdale, MN. Created by Laukkonen Design.

  • Campaign to Restore Lilac Way (retired) | Park signage

  • Campaign to Restore Lilac Way (retired) | Mission statement

  • Campaign to Restore Lilac Way (retired) | Sponsorship money envelope

  • Campaign to Restore Lilac Way (retired) | Sponsorship receipt

Lilac Park (original), & Monkey Island, 1939-42 • Read about
  • Lilac Park, original (Minnetonka Blvd.), 1941. Beehive fireplace and picnic tables. Photo: MnDOT.

  • Lilac Park (original), Mtka. Blvd. 1939. Beehive fireplace. Photo: MnDOT.

  • Lilac Park, original (Minnetonka Blvd.), 1939. Rock garden pool and island. Photo: MnDOT.

  • Lilac Park (original), Mtka. Blvd. 1939. Northern rock garden, oval pool. Photo: MnDOT.

  • Lilac Park (original), Mtka. Blvd. 1939. Northern rock garden, oval pool. Photo: MnDOT.

  • Lilac Park (original), Mtka. Blvd. 1939. Limestone picnic table. Photo: MnDOT.

  • Lilac Park (original), Mtka. Blvd. 1939. Northern rock garden, oval pool. Photo: MnDOT.

  • Lilac Park (original), Mtka. Blvd. 1940. Photo: MN Historical Society.

  • Lilac Park (original), Mtka. Blvd. 1939. Photo: MnDOT.

  • Lilac Park (original), Mtka. Blvd. 1939. Photo: MnDOT.

  • Lilac Park (original), Mtka. Blvd. 1939. Photo: MnDOT.

  • Lilac Park (original), Mtka. Blvd. 1941. Photo: MnDOT.

  • Lilac Park (original), Mtka. Blvd. 1939. Photo: MnDOT.

Lilac Park (original), & Monkey Island, 2007-08 • Read about
  • Limestone walkway at the original Lilac Park on Highway 100 and Minnetonka Boulevard

    Lilac Park (original), Mtka. Blvd., 2007. Pool, curved paths, 10'-long footbridge. AKA Monkey Island.

  • Limestone beehive at the original Lilac Park on Highway 100 and Minnetonka Boulevard

    Lilac Park (original), Mtka. Blvd., 2007. Beehive fireplace.

  • Limestone beehive closeup at the original Lilac Park on Highway 100 and Minnetonka Boulevard

    Lilac Park (original), Mtka. Blvd., 2007. Beehive fireplace.

  • Limestone beehive closeup at the original Lilac Park on Highway 100 and Minnetonka Boulevard

    Lilac Park (original), Mtka. Blvd., 2007. Beehive fireplace.

  • Limestone table at the original Lilac Park on Highway 100 and Minnetonka Boulevard

    Lilac Park (original), Mtka. Blvd., 2007. Hand-built limestone picnic table.

  • Limestone table at the original Lilac Park on Highway 100 and Minnetonka Boulevard

    Lilac Park (original), Mtka. Blvd., 2007. Hand-built limestone picnic table.

  • Limestone table at the original Lilac Park on Highway 100 and Minnetonka Boulevard

    Lilac Park (original), Mtka. Blvd., 2007. Hand-built limestone picnic table with beehive.

  • Limestone beehive at the original Lilac Park on Highway 100 and Minnetonka Boulevard

    Lilac Park (original), Mtka. Blvd., 2007. Beehive with Hwy 100 in background.

  • Limestone wall at the original Lilac Park on Highway 100 and Minnetonka Boulevard

    Lilac Park (original), Mtka. Blvd., 2007. 162'-ft long curved wall, N of park.

  • Limestone wall at the original Lilac Park on Highway 100 and Minnetonka Boulevard

    Lilac Park (original), Mtka. Blvd., 2007. 162'-ft long curved wall, N of park.

  • Lilac Park (original), Mtka. Blvd., 2007.

  • Limestone steps at the original Lilac Park on Highway 100 and Minnetonka Boulevard

    Lilac Park (original), Mtka. Blvd., 2007. One of two entrance steps.

  • Limestone bench at the original Lilac Park on Highway 100 and Minnetonka Boulevard

    Lilac Park (original), Mtka. Blvd., 2007. L-shaped stone bench with a 2'-tall backrest.

  • Pond at the original Lilac Park on Highway 100 and Minnetonka Boulevard

    Lilac Park (original), Mtka. Blvd., 2007. Oval pool lined with stones, curving paths are paved with flagstone. AKA Monkey Island.

  • Pond at the original Lilac Park on Highway 100 and Minnetonka Boulevard

    Lilac Park (original), Mtka. Blvd., 2007. Oval pool lined with stones, encircled by flagstone path. AKA Monkey Island.

  • Limestone wall at the original Lilac Park on Highway 100 and Minnetonka Boulevard

    Lilac Park (original), Mtka. Blvd., 2007. Oval pool lined with stones, curving paths are paved with flagstone

  • Limestone wall at the original Lilac Park on Highway 100 and Minnetonka Boulevard

    Lilac Park (original), Mtka. Blvd., 2007. Limestone wall.

  • Limestone steps at the original Lilac Park on Highway 100 and Minnetonka Boulevard

    Lilac Park (original), Mtka. Blvd., 2007. One of two entrance steps.

  • Faucet at the original Lilac Park on Highway 100 and Minnetonka Boulevard

    Lilac Park (original), Mtka. Blvd., 2007. Water pump.

  • Limestone bench at the original Lilac Park on Highway 100 and Minnetonka Boulevard

    Lilac Park (original), Mtka. Blvd., 2007. L-shaped stone bench with a 2'-tall backrest.

  • Stone walkway at the original Lilac Park on Highway 100 and Minnetonka Boulevard

    Lilac Park (original), Mtka. Blvd., 2007. 10'-long footbridge of two slabs of limestone on limestone piers, leads to island from E side.

  • Pond at the original Lilac Park on Highway 100 and Minnetonka Boulevard

    Lilac Park (original), Mtka. Blvd., 2007. Oval pool lined with stones, curving paths are paved with flagstone. AKA Monkey Island.

  • Limestone bench at the original Lilac Park on Highway 100 and Minnetonka Boulevard

    LilacPark_orig2007_1430

    Lilac Park (original), Mtka. Blvd., 2007. L-shaped stone bench with a 2'-tall backrest.

  • The original Lilac Park lawn on Highway 100 and Minnetonka Boulevard

    Lilac Park (original), Mtka. Blvd., 2007.

  • Highway entrance near the original Lilac Park on Highway 100 and Minnetonka Boulevard

    Lilac Park (original), Mtka. Blvd., 2007.

  • Four teanagers cleaning up the original Lilac Park on Highway 100 and Minnetonka Boulevard in St. Louis Park, MN

    Lilac Park (original), Mtka. Blvd., 2007. Cleanup team.

  • Teanager cleaning up the original Lilac Park on Highway 100 and Minnetonka Boulevard in St. Louis Park, MN

    Lilac Park (original), Mtka. Blvd., 2007. Cleanup team.

Lilac Park Grand Opening, 2009 • Read about
  • The beehive fireplace, now restored in Lilac Park in St. Louis Park, MN on Hwy 100 and 7, of the Southwest Regional Trail.

  • Lilac Park, restored, 2009. The logo is etched on the beehive glass panels.

  • Lilac Park, restored, 2009. Restored beehive fireplace, handbuilt by the WPA in 1939.

  • Lilac Park, restored, 2009. Park signage by Karen Laukkonen, Laukkonen Design.

  • Lilac Park, restored, 2009. Restored beehive fireplace, handbuilt by the WPA in 1939.

  • Lilac Park, restored, 2009. Committee recognition.

  • Lilac Park, restored, 2009. Grand Opening crowd, July 13.

  • Lilac Park, restored, 2009. Mayor Jeff Jacobs dedicates the new park.

  • Lilac Park, restored, 2009. Mayor Jeff Jacobs dedicates the new park.

  • Lilac Park, restored, 2009. Mayor Jeff Jacobs dedicates the new park.

  • LilacParkOpening_3981

  • Lilac Park, restored, 2009. Mayor Jacobs, introducing Nordic Ware’s Dave Dalquist and Bette Danielson and a beehive bundt pan.

  • Lilac Park, restored, 2009. Mayor Jacobs with the Nordic Ware beehive bundt pan.

  • Lilac Park, restored, 2009. Kare11 was there to do a story about the Park opening. Photo by Joe Mears.

  • Lilac Park, restored, 2009. Official ribbon cutting, Mayor Jacobs and Bob Jorvig, VP of SLP Hist. Soc. Photo: Manny Camilon

  • Lilac Park, restored, 2009. Mad rush to capture the ribbon cutting.

  • Lilac Park, restored, 2009. Tom Harmenning, City Manager (right).

  • LilacParkOpening_3973

  • Lilac Park, restored, 2009. The SLP Historical Society Board.

  • Lilac Park, restored, 2009. Barb Jorvig, ?, Barb Reiss, Del Strandberg, and ?.

  • Lilac Park, restored, 2009. Grand Opening, July 13.

  • Lilac Park, restored, 2009. ?, ?, Rick Birno, ? and Cindy Walsh. Photo: Manny Camilon

  • Mayor Jacobs enjoying a laugh with Lilac Park visitors.

  • Lilac Park, restored, 2009. Bob Jorvig, John and Diane Olson, SLP Historical Society. Photo: Manny Camilon

  • Lilac Park, restored, 2009. Nancy Stroth, City Clerk and ?. Photo: Manny Camilon

  • Lilac Park, restored, 2009. Many people biked to the event. via the Southwest Regional Trail. Photo: Manny Camilon

  • Lilac Park, restored, 2009. Love the bike.

  • Lilac Park, restored, 2009. Mayor Jeff Jacobs with park visitors. Photo: Manny Camilon

  • Lilac Park, restored, 2009. Dominic Zahner planted lilacs as a Boy Scout project. Photo: Manny Camilon

  • Lilac Park, restored, 2009. Dominic Zahner planted lilacs as a Boy Scout project. Photo: Manny Camilon

  • Lilac Park, restored, 2009. Handing out cold pop on a summer day.

  • Lilac Park, restored, 2009. The restored Council Ring.

  • Lilac Park, restored, 2009. Grand Opening, July 13.

  • Sheila Berger and Elna Laukkonen, sharing a laugh.

    The new Lilac Park was lovingly restored by the City of St. Louis Park and the SLP Historical Wayside Park/Beehive Restoration Project Committee

  • Setting up the display.

    The new Lilac Park was lovingly restored by the City of St. Louis Park and the SLP Historical Wayside Park/Beehive Restoration Project Committee

  • Lilac Park, restored, 2009. Nora and Declan Franey.

  • Lilac Park, restored, 2009. Getting ready for hot dogs and chips behind the council ring.

  • Lilac Park, restored, 2009. Brent and Vivian Hoppe eating hot dogs and chips on the restored council circle.

  • Lilac Park, restored, 2009. Grilled hot dogs and chips were a big hit. Photo: Manny Camilon

  • Lilac Park, restored, 2009. In line for grilled hot dogs and chips. Photo: Manny Camilon

  • Lilac Park, restored, 2009. The Campaign to Restore Lilac Way (now retired) had a booth at the opening.

  • 2008. Lilac Park signage, by Karen, Laukkonen Design.

  • Lilac Park, restored, 2009. Signage design by Karen, Laukkonen Design.

  • Lilac Park, restored, 2009. Park signage by Karen Laukkonen, Laukkonen Design.

  • Lilac Park, restored, 2009. Nordic Ware provided beehive cakes. Photo: Manny Camilon

  • Lilac Park, restored, 2009. Park signage by Karen Laukkonen, Laukkonen Design.

Lilac Park’s restoration process, 2009 • Read about
  • 2008. Moving beehive fireplace from Mtka. Blvd to Hwy 7.

  • 2008. Moving beehive fireplace from Mtka. Blvd to Hwy 7.

  • 2008. Moving beehive fireplace from Mtka. Blvd to Hwy 7.

  • 2008. Moving beehive fireplace from Mtka. Blvd to Hwy 7.

  • 2008. Moving beehive fireplace from Mtka. Blvd to Hwy 7.

  • 2008. Moving beehive fireplace from Mtka. Blvd to Hwy 7.

  • 2008. Moving beehive fireplace from Mtka. Blvd to Hwy 7.

  • 2008. Beehive fireplace next to restored table in new Lilac Park.

  • 2008. Beehive fireplace next to a restored Lilac Way picnic table in the new Lilac Park.

  • 2008. Beehive restored on new base.

  • 2008. Beehive restored on new base.

  • 2008. Beehive restored on new base.

  • 2008. Beehive restored on new base with signage by Laukkonen Design in background.

  • 2008. Beehive restored on new base.

  • 2008. Beehive done, restored.

  • 2008. Restoring a Lilac Way picnic table in the new Lilac Park.

  • 2008. Restoring a Lilac Way picnic table in the new Lilac Park.

  • 2008. Restoring a Lilac Way picnic table in the new Lilac Park.

  • 2008. A restored Lilac Way picnic table in the new Lilac Park.

  • Lilac Park, restored, 2009. Picnic table after restoration.

  • Lilac Park, restored, 2009. Picnic table after restoration.

  • 2008. Preparing for pathway.

  • 2008. Preparing for sod.

  • 2008. Council ring, restored.

  • 2008. Council ring, restored.

  • 2008. Building the connection to Southwest Regional Trail.

  • LilacPark_restored-IMG_3554

  • 2008. Building the connection to Southwest Regional Trail.

  • 2008. Building the connection to Southwest Regional Trail.

  • Lilac Park, restored, 2009. New wall leading into park from Southwest Regional Trail.

  • 2008. Platform for bike racks.

  • 2008. Bike racks.

  • 2008. Bike racks.

  • 2008. New landscaping.

  • 2008. Bike racks.

  • 2008. New landscaping.

  • 2008. Concrete platform.

  • 2008. Refuse and portable toilet areas.

  • 2008. Entrance paths into park, before paving.

  • 2008. Entrance paths into park, before paving.

  • 2008. Entrance to Lilac Park from Southwest Regional Trail.

  • 2008. Entrance to Lilac Park from Southwest Regional Trail.

  • 2008. Landscaping on nearby Nordic Ware property.

  • 2008. View from Southwest Regional Trail as entering park.

  • 2008. Circle path around Lilac Park, originally used by cars.

  • 2008. Circle path around Lilac Park, originally used by cars.

  • 2008. Circle path around Lilac Park, originally used by cars.

  • 2008. Lilac Park signage, by Karen, Laukkonen Design.

Lilac Park restored, 2009 • Read about
  • Lilac Park with restored, 2009.

  • Lilac Park with restored, 2009.

  • Lilac Park, restored, 2009. Beehive was moved from original Lilac Park on Minnetonka Blvd.

  • Lilac Park, restored, 2009. Signage design by Karen, Laukkonen Design.

  • Lilac Park, restored, 2009. Beehive was moved from original Lilac Park on Minnetonka Blvd.

  • Lilac Park, restored, 2009. Beehive was moved from original Lilac Park on Minnetonka Blvd.

  • 2008. Council ring, restored.

  • Lilac Park, restored, 2009. Council ring after restoration.

  • Lilac Park, restored, 2009.

  • Lilac Park, restored, 2009. Limestone picnic table.

  • Lilac Park, restored, 2009. Limestone picnic table.

  • Lilac Park, restored, 2009. Park signage by Karen Laukkonen, Laukkonen Design.

  • Lilac Park, restored, 2009. Signage design by Karen, Laukkonen Design.

  • Lilac Park with restored, 2009.

  • Lilac Park, restored, 2009. Signage by Laukkonen Design.

  • Lilac Park, restored, 2009. Originally a driveway for cars, now a walkway.

  • Lilac Park, restored, 2009. Beehive was moved from original Lilac Park on Minnetonka Blvd.

  • Lilac Park, restored, 2009. New wall leading into park from Southwest Regional Trail.

  • Lilac Park, restored, 2009. The logo is etched on the beehive glass panels.

  • Lilac Park, restored, 2009. Park signage by Karen Laukkonen, Laukkonen Design.

  • Lilac Park, restored, 2009. Park signage by Karen Laukkonen, Laukkonen Design.

  • Lilac Park, restored, 2009. Park signage by Karen Laukkonen, Laukkonen Design.

Roadside Park (before restoration to Lilac Park), 2007
  • Roadside Park, 2007. Now restored and renamed Lilac Park.

  • Roadside Park, 2007. Now restored and renamed Lilac Park.

  • Roadside Park, 2007. Now restored and renamed Lilac Park.

  • Roadside Park, 2007. Now restored and renamed Lilac Park.

  • Roadside Park, 2007. Council ring, now restored and renamed Lilac Park.

  • Roadside Park, 2007. Council ring, now restored and renamed Lilac Park.

  • Roadside Park, 2007. Council ring, now restored and renamed Lilac Park.

  • Roadside Park, 2007. Now restored and renamed Lilac Park.

  • Roadside Park, 2007. Now restored and renamed Lilac Park.

  • Roadside Park, 2007. Now restored and renamed Lilac Park.

  • Roadside Park, 2007. Picnic table and council ring, now restored and renamed Lilac Park.

  • Roadside Park, 2007. Now restored and renamed Lilac Park.

  • Roadside Park, 2007. Now restored and renamed Lilac Park.

  • Roadside Park, 2007. Table, now restored and renamed Lilac Park.

Road workers from Gateway District, 1937-39 • Read about
  • Unemployed in Gateway District, Minneapolis' Skid Row, 1937. Photo: Russell Lee, Library of Congress

  • Columbia Hotel in Gateway District, Minneapolis' Skid Row, 1937. Photo: Russell Lee, Library of Congress

  • Unemployed in Gateway District, Minneapolis' Skid Row, 1937. Photo: Russell Lee, Library of Congress

  • Transient laborer resting in Gateway District, Minneapolis' Skid Row, 1937. Photo: Russell Lee, Library of Congress

  • Unemployed in Gateway District, Minneapolis' Skid Row, 1939. Photo: John Vachon, Library of Congress

  • Two unemployed in Gateway District, Minneapolis' Skid Row, 1937. Photo: Russell Lee, Library of Congress

  • Employment bureau in Gateway District, Minneapolis' Skid Row, 1937. Photo: Russell Lee, Library of Congress

  • Unemployed at Gateway Pavilion and fountain, Minneapolis' Skid Row, 1937. Photo: Russell Lee, Library of Congress

  • Unemployed at Gateway Pavilion and fountain, Minneapolis' Skid Row, 1937. Photo: Russell Lee, Library of Congress

  • Unemployed man in Gateway District, Minneapolis' Skid Row, 1939. Photo: John Vachon, Library of Congress

  • Unemployed near Gateway Pavilion, Minneapolis' Skid Row, 1939. Photo: John Vachon, Library of Congress

  • Unemployed near Gateway Pavilion, Minneapolis' Skid Row, 1939. Photo: John Vachon, Library of Congress

  • Unemployed near Gateway Pavilion, Minneapolis' Skid Row, 1939. Photo: John Vachon, MN Historical Society

  • Unemployed at Gateway fountain, Minneapolis' Skid Row, 1939. Photo: John Vachon, Library of Congress

  • Pawnshop and second-hand stores in Gateway District, Minneapolis' Skid Row, 1939. Photo: John Vachon, MN Historical Society

  • Employment agency in Gateway District, Minneapolis' Skid Row, 1939. Photo: John Vachon, Library of Congress

  • Liquor store in Gateway District, Minneapolis' Skid Row, 1939. Photo: John Vachon, Library of Congress

  • Unemployed in Gateway District, Minneapolis' Skid Row, 1939. Photo: John Vachon, Library of Congress

  • Unemployed in Gateway District, Minneapolis' Skid Row, 1939. Photo: John Vachon, Library of Congress

  • Reading news headlines in Gateway District, Minneapolis' Skid Row, 1939. Photo: John Vachon, Library of Congress

  • Pawnshop in Gateway District, Minneapolis' Skid Row, 1939. Photo: John Vachon, Library of Congress

  • Pawnshop and second-hand stores in Gateway District, Minneapolis' Skid Row, 1939. Photo: John Vachon, Library of Congress

  • Sept. 26 Look Magazine, Joan Crawford on cover. Newsstand in Gateway District, Minneapolis' Skid Row, 1939. Photo: John Vachon, Library of Congress

  • Unemployed near Gateway Pavilion, Minneapolis' Skid Row, 1939. Photo: John Vachon, Library of Congress

  • Unemployed at Gateway fountain, Minneapolis' Skid Row, 1939. Photo: John Vachon, Library of Congress

  • Signs in Gateway District, Minneapolis' Skid Row, 1937. Photo: Russell Lee, Library of Congress

  • Unemployed near Gateway Pavilion, Minneapolis' Skid Row, 1939. Photo: John Vachon, Library of Congress

  • Unemployed near Gateway Pavilion, Minneapolis' Skid Row, 1937. Photo: Russell Lee, Library of Congress

  • Unemployed in Minneapolis' Skid Row, 1937. Photo: Russell Lee, Library of Congress

  • Man in hobo jungle killing turtle to make soup, Minneapolis' Skid Row, 1937. Photo: Russell Lee, Library of Congress

  • 1939. Boardinghouse, Gateway District, Minneapolis

    Boardinghouse in Minneapolis' Skid Row, 1939. Photo: Photo: John Vachon, Library of Congress

  • Advertisement for "Minneapolis Journal," 1939. Photo: John Vachon, Library of Congress

  • Tattered billboard, 1939. Photo: John Vachon, Library of Congress

WPA Poster Design
  • WPA poster, 1938. Stanley Clough. Photo: Library of Congress.

  • WPA poster, 1936-41. Vera Bock. Photo: Library of Congress.

  • WPA poster, 1940. Photo: Library of Congress.

  • WPA poster, 1936-41. Byron Brown. Photo: Library of Congress.

  • WPA poster. Photo: Library of Congress.

  • WPA poster, 1936. Frank Long. Photo: Library of Congress.

  • WPA poster, 1936-41. Photo: Library of Congress.

  • WPA poster, 1938 Alexander Dux. Photo: Library of Congress.

  • WPA poster, 1936-37. Photo: Library of Congress.

  • WPA poster, 1941-43. Pistchal. Photo: Library of Congress.

  • WPA poster, 1936-40. Frank NIcholson. Photo: Library of Congress.

  • WPA poster, 1940. Photo: Library of Congress.

  • WPA poster. Photo: Library of Congress.

  • WPA poster, 1936-38. Richard Halls. Photo: Library of Congress.

  • WPA poster, 1936-38. Arlington Gregg. Photo: Library of Congress.

  • WPA poster, 1937. Photo: Library of Congress.

  • WPA poster, 1936-41. Harry Herzog. Photo: Library of Congress.

  • WPA poster, 1938. Photo: Library of Congress.

  • WPA poster, 1939. Ben Nason. Photo: Library of Congress.

  • WPA poster, 1938. Stanley Clough. Photo: Library of Congress.

  • WPA poster, 1941. Photo: Library of Congress.

  • WPA poster, 1936-38. Photo: Library of Congress.