Belle Isle to Become State Park

By Peter Neumann
By Sharon McClendon
By Dave Leval

Belle Isle to Become State Park

November 12, 2013 Updated Nov 12, 2013 at 4:20 PM EDT

LANSING, Mi. (My TV20 News at 10) --- Belle Isle is about to become a state park.

Tuesday afternoon, the Michigan Emergency Loan Board approved a deal that has the state taking over Belle Isle because the bankrupt city of Detroit could no longer afford to operate the popular park.

The state would operate the park for thirty years under a plan developed by Governor Rick Snyder and Detroit Emergency Financial Manager Kevyn Orr.

A counter-proposal from the Detroit City Council called for Belle Isle to be a state park for only ten years, but that idea was rejected.

It's expected that the entrance fee will be 11-dollars, the same as other state parks.

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