Detroit gets $750K in federal grant money for new walking trail on Belle Isle

BELLE ISLE (WXYZ) - Wednesday the U.S. Department of Interior announced Detroit’s Belle Isle would be one of 22 cities receiving improvements.

Amanda Hertl with the Department of Natural Resources says the park has had safety issues when it comes to visitors walking.

"We would like to have a means for people to get around the island in a safe family-friendly matter. Right now there's a bike trail in the roadway that gets a lot of use from people, mothers and strollers, families and we'd like to have a dedicated multi-use trail for families," Hertl says.

$750,000 will go towards a 6-mile long trail that will loop around the island and will be handicap accessible.

The trail will also connect to the Iron Belle Trail.

Visitors will be able to hike and bike from Detroit to Ironwood in the Upper Peninsula.

"There's just a lot of initiative and potential for great things to happen I think this is wonderful for the people of Detroit."

No date yet on when that trail will be completed.

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