DETROIT (WWJ) – As we get closer to summer, the question of how to revamp Belle Isle is once again being debated.
City officials are looking into adding user fees and other revenue generators at the historic park. Detroit Councilman James Tate says a $2 or $3 vehicle entrance fee — and a privately-operated summer-long carnival — could provide solutions.
Tate says the funds raised would pay for maintenance, security and cleaning of the park — freeing up money from the general fund. Critics feel one of Detroit’s best-known recreation spots should stay free.