State, city officials "all in" to improve Belle Isle

(WXYZ) - The state's takeover of Belle Isle was a controversial move, b ut on Tuesday, more than 40 agencies promised to make it a success.

Their message:  "All in for Belle Isle."

Since the state agreed to a 30-year lease of belle isle last month, more than 40 agencies have come forward to help transform it.

What was once the jewel of not just the city, but also the state is now desperate for repair.

"I'm very pleased the state saw the value in this park, saw the value in this city," said Detroit Mayor Dave Bing. 

Workers are already chopping down dangerous trees and sprucing up part of the island.
M-DOT workers will maintain the roads while state police and DNR officers will improve safety.

"We can't be an island to ourselves if we expect to succeed. Partnerships will get us there, and that's why we are all in for belle isle," said Michele Hodges, president of the Belle Isle Conservancy. 

A DNR spokesman says private partners will contribute a significant amount. They believe there will also be countless volunteer hours.

"As we get into spring and summer of 2014, there is no doubt in my mind, not only is belle isle poised for a revitalization, but I think our city is also," says Detroit Mayor Dave Bing.

The public will get the chance to see the final makeover when the state's takeover is complete next spring.
 

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