BELLE ISLE (WWJ) – The Detroit Grand Prix took eight weeks to build on Belle Isle and just two weeks to tear down. But organizers didn’t just clean up the island before leaving, they improved it.

With the Detroit Fireworks right around the corner, thousands of people are expected to converge on the city’s riverfront and many of them will choose Belle Isle for a prime viewing spot.

Grand Prix Chairman Bud Denker said crews worked hard to remove all the construction from the recent race — which took place the first weekend in June — and have returned the island to the public with several new add-ons.

“We put lighting into places that haven’t been turned on in 30 years. So we fixed the lighting, fixed the infrastructure and several hundred dollars of improvement in this year alone,” said Denker.

But what Denker said he think’s visitors will enjoy the most are the new and improved picnic tables.

“We’ve repaired over 40 picnic tables, and in fact, we painted over 100 picnic tables. So, visitors are going to enjoy a much more cozy and enjoyable landscape down there when they come to see the fireworks,” he said.

Headed downtown for the spectacle? View our Guide To 2012 Detroit Fireworks.


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