Belle Isle Park
Submitted by: Mark Szczepanski
Detroit's foremost park, designed by Olmsted, is actually a series of individual islands connected by lovely bridges.
Belle Isle is the foremost park in the city of Detroit. Being an island, it is surrounded by the lovely water of the Detroit River, which is a strait connnecting Lake St. Clair and Lake Erie in the Great Lakes. Beautiful features, such as the Scott Fountain and the Conservatory, flock the island. The Detroit Yacht Club and the Belle Isle Casino are also present. Deer are present on the island, and "the island" itself is a series individual islands connected by lovely bridges. I feel that it is time that this little-known beauty be made available on a global scale.
What Makes Belle Isle Park a Great Place?
Roads and paths make Belle Isle easily accessible. The island is connected to mainland Detroit (U.S. side) by a lovely bridge, the MacArthur Bridge.
Belle Isle, while still looking lovely, has decayed somewhat, like most of the city. However, you can still see the natural and architectual beauty of the island, and great potential has always been present.
Just being a little piece of nature in the middle of a city makes it a great place. The spectacular view of the Detroit and Windsor skylines (Windsor is in Canada, opposite Detroit) make it lovely. You can watch freighters come in on the river, or watch yachts sail from the Detroit Yacht Club, also on the island. There is the Belle Isle Zoo, Conservatory, the lovely aquarium, a classic water park, beaches, a golf course, and many more things.
Belle Isle is a diverse place. While much of Detroit is African-American, the island is a very diverse place where people come to have a good time and relax from their pressured lives.
History & Background
Belle Isle was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, the same landscape architect who designed Central Park in New York City.
Detroit Recreation Department General Number: 313-224-1100