WXYZ Editorial: Belle Isle Update; Michigan DNR shining up city jewel!

(WXYZ) - Detroit’s city owned Belle Isle Park is now officially being managed by the Michigan DNR and a top-notch 7-member advisory committee.  We’re extremely pleased with what we’ve seen so far and we think the best is yet to come! 

In the last 90 days, many dangerous trees have been cut down, brushy trails have been cleared, shelters re-roofed, picnic tables refurbished and trash cans anchored to the ground.  This is just the beginning.  Future improvements will include sorely needed infrastructure repairs, contracts with local businesses, and jobs for qualified Detroiters.   We’re also excited to see that more than 40 partner organizations have pledged to support the island’s revitalization. They range from Ducks Unlimited to the Chevy Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix.  We urge the advisory committee to keep telling all of us loud and clear how Belle Isle is being spruced up!

And one other important point; when it’s time to renew your vehicle license plate registration, purchase the $11 “Recreation Passport” you’ll need to drive onto the island.  The passport will also give you access to all Michigan state parks and recreation areas.  It’s vital funding that supports Michigan’s award-winning park system.  Walkers, runners, bikers, and public transit users can still enjoy Belle Isle for free! 

With continued commitment and investment, this Belle Isle state and city partnership can restore the downtown Detroit island jewel we’ve always cherished and most cities would love to have!

I’m Mike Murri, Station Manager

Broadcast: February 13 - 16, 2014

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