Kirk, 6, of Dearborn checks out the
fish in the aquarium during the
Friends of Belle Isle annual Shiver
on the River in Detroit on Saturday.
(Steve Perez / The Detroit News)
Detroit -- The Belle Isle
Aquarium was packed with people Saturday, and
from the outside, it was difficult to tell that
the historic building was not actually open for
Shuttered in 2005, the aquarium has sat vacant
except for the goldfish and koi brought in from
an outside pond in the cold weather months.
But on Saturday, boosters of Belle Isle held the
annual Shiver on the River as way to highlight
the island and raise awareness of the $1 million
it will take to get the aquarium operational
"We knew they still had some fish and were
hopeful there would be some to see," said Josh
Simms of Royal Oak as his mother, Kris Simms,
took a picture of him and his 11-month-old
daughter, Shaelyn, as goldfish swam in a tank
behind him. "We were hopeful."
Mary Kay Kubicek brought her three children to
check out the aquarium on Saturday. She said she
brought the older ones several times a month to
visit the aquarium when it was open and brought
them the day the facility closed.
"It is a great place," Kubicek of Dearborn said
as her husband, Daniel Kirk, spent Saturday
helping out at the aquarium directing visitors.
The aquarium opened in 1904 and was the oldest
of its kind in the nation when city officials
closed it because of a cash crunch. Noted
architect Albert Kahn designed the aquarium that
features Pewabic tiles throughout.*
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Page source, Detroit News:
master's note) It is a common and understandable
error, but the tiles are not Pewabic.