images and text of 2005
September 10th, FOBIA members at the "Dalley in the
Cheryl and her daughter holding the fort,
selling Aquarium T-Shirts
Vance, Jennifer, Regina & Mike pose in
front of FOBIA stall
More "Dally in the Alley" pictures
Supporters celebrate the 101st Anniversary
of the Aquarium - See gallery
The Parks and Recreation Department
informed us that we do not have a permit to celebrate in front of the
Aquarium on Thursday Noon - 4PM. Consequently FOBIA's sponsorship of
this event is hereby cancelled.
Should you want to celebrate the Aquarium's
Anniversary as a private citizen of your own volition, you would be
entirely within your rights.
Voters are advised that this is an
Question and does not guarantee the reopening of the Aquarium. It
did, however, give Voters the opportunity to express their opinions which
strongly indicate the need for exploring other sources for the funding and
operation of the Belle Isle Aquarium.
Detroit Citizens Vote:
Re-opening the Belle Isle Aquarium?
Election results: Detroit
August 3, 2005
Reopen Belle Isle
100% of precincts
Supporters gather at the Aquarium
Aug 3rd, to
celebrate the decision of Detroit's citizenry.
We're have a board, and we're ready to rock! FOBIA
giant alligator gar who made BIA his home for more than 20 years,
died in transit to his new home in Colorado. Cause of death unknown,
died approximately 8 hours into the trip.
Free Press -
OF AN AQUARIUM CELEBRITY: Belle Isle's beloved curiosity doesn't
make it to new home.
is designed to share brief updates, historical tidbits and
other information of interest on the Belle Isle Aquarium. The weekly
column is approximately 250-300 words and may include a photo or
illustration. Guest columnists are welcome! If you have a contribution
for a future column please send your submission to
firstname.lastname@example.org. Submissions are generally considered on
a first-come, first-serve basis. Thanks to Kate Alan for providing
information for our first column.
Aquarium Gardens for
a More Beautiful Detroit
The City of Detroit has developed an Adopt-a-Garden program to help
maintain flowerbeds and decorative planters throughout the city. The
Friends of Belle Isle Aquarium has adopted the two flower beds in front of
the Aquarium and the two concrete planters at the comfort station across
the parking lot.
Volunteers are needed for planting and weekly flowerbed maintenance.
Planting is scheduled for the week of May 23rd. The schedule is posted on
this website. Contact FOBIA president Kate Alan at
to sign up for planting and/or maintenance and get your name on the
schedule. Please provide your preferred telephone number and email address
for contact information.
The city will supply plant materials and will feed and water the beds
throughout the season. Volunteers are asked to check on their adopted
garden at least once a week.
The Friends of Belle Isle (FOBI) and the Belle Isle Botanical Society
(BIBS) will be responsible for monitoring the beds on Belle Isle and
coordinating the efforts of the volunteers. Members of the Detroit Garden
Center have already agreed to plant and maintain planters around the
Dossin Museum, and members of the Detroit Rowing Club have agreed to
maintain planters on its site.
Recreation Department Deputy Director Lee Stephenson and Park Development
Supervisor Leticia Bertaud initiated the program to continue
beautification efforts despite cutbacks in staffing and funding.
Aquarium pictures, in no
particular order - submitted by Diana Dubbeld
Click image for gallery
May 2005 - Fish waiting to be
Last days before closure - Beloved by
public come to visit the Aquarium by the thousands
Rally and BBQ
Come Rain, Snow or Shine
23rd, 2005 11:00AM-6:00PM
Rainday, Sunday 24th
open mike at 1PM
Friends of the Belle Isle Aquarium memberships are $10.00
Speak out for the
- Or just kick back and relax-
dishes and something to sit on.
Can you spell "Aquairum"?
Pictures of Aquarium closing day.
is now shuttered, its creatures being
removed and shipped out. This City administration has thus
the dubious distinction of becoming the first to close the
Belle Isle Aquarium in 101 years of continuous operation.
This is Michigan's only public aquarium.
Now, Michigan children will have to discover the wonders of
the aquatic world exclusively at pet shops.
The ill-conceived shuttering of this major Detroit
institution is noticed around the World, putting our city in
a most unfavorable light.
Flash movie, "Why?"