Skip to main content

Site of deadly 2013 landslide to partly reopen at St. Paul's Lilydale Park

  • Author:
  • Updated:

Part of the St. Paul park where two young boys lost their lives in a landslide nearly two years ago will reopen, according to an announcement from city officials.

The Parks and Recreation department plans to restore some access to an affected portion of Lilydale Regional Park in the spring or summer. However, parts of it deemed unsafe by engineers will remain closed off, KARE 11 reports.

Following the recommendations of Barr Engineering, a Minneapolis company commissioned to conduct a geological survey following the accident, officials will reopen about half of the park's fifty-acre Brickyard area, according to the Star Tribune.

Named for the former Twin City Brick Company that once stood there (according to the National Park Service), it's home to popular fossil sites that were typically frequented by children on school field trips.

This was the case the May 2013, when a group of kids from Peter Hobart Elementary School in St. Louis Park were swamped by a landslide. The accident killed two boys, 9-year-old Haysem Sani and 10-year-old Mohamed Fofana, and injured two others.

Officials will open "fossil site No. 1" to school groups, and plan to issue permits for the area this fall, according to the Pioneer Press.

The paper notes that the Brickyard Trail, which runs from the top of the bluffs down into the park, will be improved in the coming months and should reopen in spring or summer, but added that still-restricted areas will remain closed off "indefinitely."

Next Up

Screen Shot 2023-01-25 at 4.17.31 PM

New preschool and daycare to be built in Eagan

The 12,600-square-foot building will be constructed on vacant land.

Screen Shot 2023-01-13 at 12.25.21 PM

Hamline University faculty urge President Fayneese Miller to resign

Fayneese Miller has served as president since 2015.

Police tape

Man in 40s dies in Minneapolis shooting

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.


Burnsville High School student killed in crash involving 15-year-old driver

The single-vehicle crash happened shortly after midnight.


Watch: Driver sent airborne after being struck by sliding car

The person was seen on MnDOT cameras tending to their vehicle prior to the crash.

Plow 2 (1)

Minneapolis shifting to one-sided street parking starting Thursday night

EMS vehicles, firetrucks and buses have struggled to drive on city streets due to snow.

Screen Shot 2023-01-25 at 10.04.12 AM

Watch: 2 arrested north of Twin Cities after burglary, police pursuit

The suspects are seen on MnDOT cameras attempting to flee law enforcement.