The Friends of Belle Isle in partnership with
the Detroit Historical Society will present
"Belle Isle: Soul of the City," a public
exhibition in the community gallery of the
Detroit Historical Museum located at 5401
Woodward. This exhibit will run from July 18 -
October 11, 2009, with an opening night event on
July 17, 2009 and a forum on park management on
October 8, 2009.
Generations have loved Belle Isle for its mix of
recreation and culture, scenic natural setting
and heritage as a Frederick Law Olmsted showcase
park. This exhibit takes a closer look at what
it takes to maintain this gem, and the care
needed to assure its full potential as a model
for urban living.
In the past decade, there has been much
discussion about a Master Plan for the park,
conservation of its historical and natural
assets, and activities available for the
community there. In fact, this exhibition
includes information on all the ways you can
participate in island activities or stewardship.
It showcases park photography, natural
ecological features, historic preservation, and
nostalgic memorabilia of all aspects of the 150
year history as a park.
In so many ways, Belle Isle has lit the way for
better urban living since its purchase for use
as a park in 1879. The rich cultural heritage of
the park is celebrated in picnics and reunions
every year, and its worth is demonstrated in
special civic events, recreational programs and
everyday leisure. Its fragile ecosystem is less
well-understood, but as Americans everywhere are
learning about the value of "going green,"
The opening night for "Belle Isle: Soul of the
City" runs from 6:00 - 8:00 at the Detroit
Historical Museum, including food and wine.
Tickets are $40 each to benefit the Friends of
Belle Isle, and Belle Isle related products
including "Island in the City: How Belle Isle
Changed Detroit Forever," a 112 page history of
the park will be available along with
information about the park's future.
Call 313-833-7934 for more info about Museum
hours and operations, and 313-331-7760 for more
info about the Friends of Belle Isle.
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