fossils embedded into the sandstone riverbluffs through marinas, brick
yard kilns and a small but proud town named for either an old
Mississippi tow pilot song or Pickerel Lake’s lily pads,
Lilydale has made its mark on history.
Since becoming a Regional Park in 1971, the area has been unhabited.
But the human and natural worlds continue to intersect in a living
museum. Lilydale’s past reflects the entire river
valley’s history from the prehistoric to the modern era.
We have always supported efforts that clean up and preserve the
park's natural features while increasing safe usage and access. Also
anticipated is improvement of interpretive features that explain
Lilydale's connection to the Mississippi River, environmental features,
and human history of the area. We are trying to work with
Saint Paul Parks & Recreation staff and other partners to
implement these goals.
Park staff has their own plans for Lilydale Park described here. We urge everyone to immediately contact planner Alice Messer firstname.lastname@example.org and local elected officials with your concerns before it is too late!