Visit Belle Isle

Meet at the Conservatory, then check out the Aquarium and Museum (admittance is free), do some walking around the park, gaze at the landscape.  For more information on fees/hours of operation (10a-3pm on Sats), go to http://belleisleconservancy.org/visit-the-park/activities-attractions/.  I suggest you bring a lunch.  E-mail me via Meetup if interested in carpooling.

Belle Isle Park is now a State of Michigan park under a 30-year lease agreement signed by the City of Detroit.  Under the agreement, the City maintains ownership of the park, while the Michigan Department of Natural Resources manages the island park.  Belle Isle, a 982-acre island, officially became a state park on February 10, 2014.  One of the first changes Detroit residents and others will see is an $11 annual fee, which allows entry into all state parks.  The fee will be gradually phased in during the first year of state management of Belle Isle.
Individuals who walk, bike or jog to the island will not have to pay the entry fee.

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  • Cindy ".

    Well, it was just me and my husband who showed up, but, it was fun and the weather great!

    June 15

  • Cindy ".

    I changed the end time from 4 to 2:30, we have to be in Novi by 3:30. People are free to stay as long as they would like, of course, but, we won't be able to.

    June 13

  • Melissa

    Would have loved to join you all, but my Saturday will be filled with attending graduation parties.

    June 8

  • Christa

    Cindy,
    Can you restate the time for this event on June 14. It is 10:00 - 4:00 above and 3:00 - noon below.

    June 2

    • Gary L.

      The May free state park passport event WAS noon to 3. Not our event.

      June 3

    • Cindy ".

      Thanks Gary for figuring out what she meant, I was in a hurry.

      1 · June 3

  • Barbara

    This sounds like a great idea for an event. It is however the weekend of the Belle Isle Grand Prix car race so it might be a bit crowded and no access to the roads.

    May 15

    • Gary L.

      Cindy, did you get the free passport?

      June 2

    • Cindy ".

      yes, i did, it was a beautiful day, and they were having a plant sale too! so glad I went down there!

      1 · June 2

  • Cindy ".

    Just found out abt how to get free State Recreation Passport thanks to a member of another one of my grps. http://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/MIDNR/bulletins/b819d3

    May 16

    • Cindy ".

      it is this Sat noon-3pm at Belle Isle

      May 16

  • Gary L.

    If you didn't get your new plate yet this year or if you renew in January, you don't need the permit yet (as part of the phasing in). If you've gotten a plate since March, you need the $11 permit. I'm a little confused about February being safe or if it's required, the wording is weird when I've looked it up before.

    May 16

  • Cindy ".

    Bring your disc golfs!

    May 15

  • Cindy ".

    For those of you interested, we can do some jogging around the park afterwards (not before, so as to spare others from having to smell us, right?).

    May 15

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