|English: Casino building in Belle Isle Park, Detroit, Michigan, United States. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
As a sitting Elected Park Commissioner in my local community, I'm frankly appalled by the overreach of State Officials on which entity should operate Belle Isle Park.
With such, from a Elected Park Commissioner point of view, I would recommend for the Council, Detroit Residents and if in current existence, any Detroit Park Commissioners consider for concrete ideas effort to fix City's Park funding and maintenance issues:
Instead, the State in a backhanded way with the willing assistance of Mayor Bing, is trying to take Belle Isle Park anyway from its' residents. Therefore, Mayor Bing who has threaten to shut down unilaterally 50 City Parks and shutter the others, should read Michigan State Public Act 157 of 1905, Act 261 of 1965 along with any statutory language regulating City Parks inside of the Detroit Charter.
City of Detroit Charter - Sec. 9-503. Historic Areas and Landmarks.
"The preservation of historic areas and landmarks is declared to be a public purpose.Just as a reminder, Belle Isle Park Mayor Bing, maintains within its' boarders, many historical landmarks.
The City may provide, by ordinance, for the preservation of historic areas and landmarks within the City. When an area is designated an historic district, the designation may not be withdrawn without the consent of a majority of the property owners within the district and the requirements of the district applicable to private property may be enforced upon the complaint of any property owner or association of property owners within the district."
From the Belle Isle Conservancy Website:
"Belle Isle features a large, natural wooded area that is home to a wide variety of small animals and birds. The park was designed in the 1880s by renowned landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted. It features a number of historic public landmarks including the Belle Isle Casino, Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservancy, and the Scott Fountain."
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