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Detroit's Belle Isle Is a State Park and Barney Fife is Securing The Perimeter

Reverend Charles E. Williams II | Posted 04.13.2014 | Detroit
Reverend Charles E. Williams II

Well the deal is done and Michigan State Troopers and Department of Natural Resource Officers have landed onto Belle Isle park. A Detroit park that has been a jewel and place of fun, relaxation and exercise for so many, for so long.

LOOK: Abandoned Island Zoo, Then And Now

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 09.30.2013 | Travel

In the middle of the Detroit River lies Belle Isle, a sprawling park designed by the same landscape architect responsible for New York's Central Park,...

iO and the DIA: The Debt and the Gift of Art

Terry Blackhawk | Posted 11.17.2013 | Detroit
Terry Blackhawk

Through working closely with writers and seeing their work in publications, it is my hope that our young people come away with a sense of their readers, a sense that there is someone there for them, like we are for Keats, on the other side of the page.

WATCH: The Most Serene View Of Detroit

Posted 07.29.2013 | Detroit

Detroit has never looked so serene and steady. Nothing really happens in this soothing time-lapse video from Bill Meese looking at the city from Bell...

The Local's Lowdown on Detroit

Fathom | Posted 09.17.2013 | Travel
Fathom

Meghan McEwen of Designtripper lives the dream in Detroit, where she runs the impossibly cool and special hotel Honor & Folly. She took us on a tour of her favorite hometown spots.

Thank You Metallica, the Orion Music and More Festival Was Awesome

Kelly Frazier | Posted 08.17.2013 | Detroit
Kelly Frazier

The innate connection between all the types of music at Orion, though different on the surface, showed its true colors at the Orion Festival.

Metallica's Orion Music and More Festival Hits Detroit's Belle Isle This Weekend

Kelly Frazier | Posted 08.07.2013 | Detroit
Kelly Frazier

In a time when Detroit is going through some major problems and those issues seem to get bigger and sadder, a festival like Orion is a great addition for our city's culture and an awesome use of Belle Isle.

No Means No, Right?

John K. Bennett | Posted 04.13.2013 | Detroit
John K. Bennett

It appears that some folks have really got their priorities mixed up. Maybe they should let everyone else in on why Belle Isle appears to have become a symbol of Detroit's demise and it must be extricated from the city

Bing Moves To Close 50 Parks After Belle Isle Deal Collapse

Posted 02.01.2013 | Detroit

Mayor Dave Bing announced on Friday that the city of Detroit will close 50 parks across the city -- just days after Detroit City Council vetoed a plan...

Belle Isle Lease Fallout May Influence Possible Detroit EM Appointment

The Detroit Free Press | Posted 01.30.2013 | Detroit

Gov. Rick Snyder won't appoint an emergency financial manager for Detroit just because the City Council refused to vote on a proposed state lease of B...

Belle Isle State Park Plan Appears To Be Dead

The Huffington Post | David Sands | Posted 01.30.2013 | Detroit

The state of Michigan has said it will withdraw its offer to lease Detroit's Belle Isle as a state park, the Detroit Free Press reports. The Depar...

Belle Isle Lease Proposal Tabled

The Huffington Post | David Sands | Posted 01.29.2013 | Detroit

A plan for Belle Isle is off the agenda for Detroit's City Council -- at least for the moment. A contentious vote to lease the city's island park o...

Saving Our Treasures

Terry Blackhawk | Posted 03.24.2013 | Detroit
Terry Blackhawk

Like most Detroiters, I have a special fondness for Belle Isle. I've lived close to the Detroit River since 2005, and even when I don't walk or bike on the island or enjoy the solitude, which I do fairly often, knowing that our island sanctuary is there provides respite to the soul.

State To Detroit: Time Is Running Out On Belle Isle Deal

MLive | Posted 02.12.2013 | Detroit

DETROIT, MI - The state is hoping to fit in one more victory before the end of the year in its reform agenda for Detroit, asking City Council to commi...

David Lohr

Search Resumes For 'People's Court' Missing Mom

HuffingtonPost.com | David Lohr | Posted 03.27.2014 | Crime

Florida police resumed its search Sunday for Michelle Parker, an Orlando mother of three who vanished nearly a year ago just after an episode of the "...

Belle Isle Plan Dead For Now

Posted 10.17.2012 | Detroit

Weeks after Detroit Mayor Dave Bing and Gov. Rick Snyder announced a plan for the state to operate and manage Belle Isle, an island park in the city, ...

Pugh: 'Belle Isle Is Not About To Sink Into The Detroit River'

Posted 09.26.2012 | Detroit

When Michigan state officials discussed a proposed lease of Detroit's Belle Isle park with a dubious City Council Tuesday, the eight (of nine) present...

A Democratic Mayor and Republican Governor Cooperate to Revive Detroit

Barry D. Wood | Posted 11.19.2012 | Business
Barry D. Wood

Detroit's brave Democratic Mayor Dave Bing and Michigan's pragmatic Republican Governor Rick Snyder agreed to refurbish Belle Isle Park, a neglected cultural gem in the shadows of a once great city.

Keep Waiting For Word On Belle Isle Agreement

Posted 09.17.2012 | Detroit

A Detroit City Council hearing to discuss the future of Belle Isle has been postponed until next week, Fox 2 reports. The body previously schedule...

Photoshop #FAIL: Renderings For Updated Belle Isle Need Your Help

Posted 09.13.2012 | Detroit

When Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and Detroit Mayor Dave Bing made the announcement that the state intended to lease the city's prized island park, they ...

State Could Operate Detroit's Island Park For 30 Years

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 09.12.2012 | Detroit

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder and Detroit Mayor Dave Bing announced a plan Wednesday for the state to lease Belle Isle, the country's largest city-own...

Should Belle Isle Stay Under Detroit Control?

Posted 07.25.2012 | Detroit

Mayor Dave Bing still hasn't reached a decision regarding control of the Parks & Recreation Department's crown jewel -- the 932 pastoral acres of Detr...

This Father's Day, A Group Helps Young Dads Learn How To Be Better Parents

The Huffington Post | David Sands | Posted 06.17.2012 | Detroit

On Belle Isle, Detroit's island park in the Detroit River, two local organizations are spending their Father's Day teaching other young men with child...

Summer Splash: Best Beaches In Metro Detroit (PHOTOS)

Posted 06.08.2012 | Detroit

With national vacation destinations like Traverse City and Petoskey right in our backyards, Metro Detroit's array of freshwater beaches don't always g...

Belle Isle Races Toward Integration WIth State Park System

The Huffington Post | David Sands | Posted 06.01.2012 | Detroit

Racing fans are falling over themselves this week to scoop up tickets for the Detroit Grand Prix, making its return to Belle Isle. The IndyCar event r...