Welcome! Lakeview Legacy Park is a unique “Privately-Owned Public Space” (POPS) protected in perpetuity by a conservation easement. No public funds have been used for the park, but visitors are welcome.
Citizens for Lakeview Preservation, Inc. (CLP), owner of the easement, was organized in 2013 as a 501(c)(3) public charity to 1) protect natural, scenic, or open-space values of real property 2)make such property available for education and passive recreation and 3) obtain easements or other land use controls to achieve those purposes.
CLP raised $150,000 in 2015 to purchase the easement that defines use of the Park and preserves a bit of the ‘legacy’ of the former Lakeview Golf Course. For over 60 years the course offered the public an opportunity to enjoy golf in a picturesque setting of open vistas and natural beauty. Today the Park is complemented by a large adjoining pond and 62 acres of prairie conservation within the Lakeview residential community.
Following the easement purchase, CLP has raised over $100,000 in additional funds to plant native trees, grasses, and special areas such as a lepidoptera habitat, a Native American medicine wheel, and several interpretive perennial gardens. There are also trails, benches, fountains, and educational signs describing flora, fauna, and park history.
In 2021 donors provided an additional $22,000 to complete construction of a pavilion that will be used as a shelter from the elements, a place for nature talks or workshops, or for small groups of neighbors and visitors to socialize.
Park donors have been acknowledged on a boulder along the trail, a plaque in the pavilion and on individually-funded items.
Additional donations are needed to complete stonework and add weather resistant low maintenance furnishings to the pavilion. They are also welcome to enhance the park by adding a special bench, tree, or planting.
The opportunity to create a new park through private initiative does not happen often. If you would like to join this effort or add to an existing donation, download the attached form or use the PAYPAL link.
Mail the completed form and your check to
Citizens for Lakeview Preservation
PO Box 182
Spring Park, MN 55384
Citizens for Lakeview Preservation, Inc. is an IRS approved tax-exempt 501 (c)(3) public charity and all donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. You will receive a prompt acknowledgement of your donation for your tax records.
Donation Totals as of October 31, 2021
Conservation Easement Goal – Achieved October 15, 2015
Development Fund Goal – 104 % Achieved as of November 10, 2021
Total $276,250 received from 354 Donors as of November 10, 2021 (includes Learning Pavilion Stretch Goal Campaign)