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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.

Who Ya Gonna Call? Not The City

AP | COREY WILLIAMS | Posted 07.09.2013 | Detroit

DETROIT -- Detroit may be broke but it will soon have a first-rate motor pool, featuring 23 new ambulances and a fleet of 100 new police cars. Some ci...

City Parks Will Get $450,000 Over 3 Years From Belle Isle Music Fest

Model D | Posted 05.12.2013 | Detroit

Belle Isle has certainly been a hot topic of conversation lately, and it seems like the nation's largest city island park is going to get a little out...

MAP: 50 Parks Will Be Abandoned By City

The Huffington Post | Ashley Woods and Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 02.02.2013 | Detroit

Tall grass stretching up to your knees. Garbage. Rusted play structures. That lonesome image will become the reality in 50 parks located in neighb...

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...

Rethinking The Riverfront: Choose Your Favorite Design

Posted 12.31.2012 | Detroit

A prestigious organization of architects wants public input on an effort to re-envision Detroit's riverfront. The Detroit chapter of American Ins...

Why Detroit Needs A Dog Park

Mary Lorene Carter | Posted 12.06.2012 | Detroit
Mary Lorene Carter

"We're getting a dog," It wasn't a question just an inevitability.And now, here we are, with this goofy mutt and no yard to exercise him in. Detroit should have a dog park, just like every other progressive and functioning city.

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, ...

POLL: Belle Isle, Cedar Point 2.0?

Posted 10.05.2012 | Detroit

Go-karts and merry-go-rounds could be the answer to the fiscal problems dogging Belle Isle, Detroit's island park, say some of its elected officials. ...

Councilman: State's Belle Isle Plan 'Was Really A Promise To Do Nothing'

Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 09.18.2012 | Detroit

Detroit City Council won't vote on a proposal to lease the city's Belle Isle park to the state without further details, members said Tuesday. Mayor...

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...

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...

Kids Flock To Sculpture Skate Park

Model D | Matthew Piper | Posted 08.14.2012 | Detroit

This story originally appeared in Model D. There’s a curvaceous new concrete landscape at Klinger Street and the Davison, in the Detroit neighbo...

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...

Kate Abbey-Lambertz

LOOK: Park Gets Huge Makeover In A Day

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 07.14.2012 | Detroit

When a group of lawyers decided to transform a neglected park in southwest Detroit, they put down their legal pads, picked up paint brushes and got to...

POLL: Flip Out! Would You Hang At An Adult Playground?

Posted 07.03.2012 | Detroit

New York City is installing adult playgrounds for fitness-hungry grown-ups, touting the benefits of a grade-school workout. For those of us who had...

Deli Owner Plans To Adopt Community Park

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 06.26.2012 | Detroit

As the city struggles to maintain its public spaces, some Detroiters are taking it upon themselves to keep parks safe and open. Greg Mudge, owner ...

Take A Rare Look At Detroit's Only Surviving Log Cabin

The Huffington Post | David Sands | Posted 06.24.2012 | Detroit

Visitors to Detroit's Palmer Park will have a rare opportunity to take a tour of the city's only surviving log cabin this Sunday. On Michigan's 26t...

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...

Inspiring Placemaking Projects In Detroit, Across Michigan

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 05.18.2012 | Detroit

Could you transform your neighborhood with $2,000? The competitors in the "It's About Place" contest from Let's Save Michigan have come up with ide...

Mayor Seeks Private Funding For Rec Centers, Parks

The Huffington Post | Simone Landon | Posted 05.16.2012 | Detroit

Mayor Dave Bing is proposing an ambitious plan to transfer Detroit's recreation centers to a new conservancy backed by private funding. Chief Oper...

Turning Detroit's 'Desire Paths' Into Public Parks

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 04.22.2012 | Detroit

It doesn't take a college degree to start tackling Detroit's problems and making the city a greener, more walkable place. While Wayne State University...

Explore The Senses In Special Garden

The Huffington Post | David Sands | Posted 04.20.2012 | Detroit

Visitors to Detroit's Scripps Park will have an opportunity to get in touch with the natural world through a unique garden designed to engage the five...

Detroit Burning Parks Down

Posted 04.11.2012 | Detroit

The City of Detroit will conduct controlled burns at two west side parks Wednesday. The Detroit Fire Department will oversee the blazes, which will co...

'Everyone Wants It Open': Residents React To Riverside Park Closure

The Huffington Post | David Sands | Posted 03.22.2012 | Detroit

The city of Detroit is closing Riverside Park temporarily due to concerns about environmental contamination. The 20-acre-park, which is located ne...