swimming off of belle isle in the detroit river
with the city keeping watch in the background
belle isle is the country’s largest city island park; at approximately 948 acres, it is larger than new york city’s central park. both were designed by famed landscape architect frederick law olmstead. the island officially opened in1845, when it became known as belle isle. in 2014, it became michigan’s newest state park and is being lovingly restored to it’s original splendor.
“detroit is big enough to matter in the world
and small enough for you to matter in it.”
― jeanette pierce