- Posted November 2, 2010 by
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Urban Planet: Green spaces
Detroit's Belle Isle Park
Belle Isle is one of the most unique parks in the world. The 5.2-mile-long, 985-acre park was designed before the turn of the 20th century by renowned landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted.
The island sits in the middle of the Detroit River on the U.S.-Canada border and is crisscrossed by a series of canals and roads. Belle Isle features a large, natural wooded area that is the home of a wide variety of small animals and birds.
The park was a unique social center in decades when Detroit was growing at a boisterous rate. The island served as a meeting place, and entertainment and recreation center