Belle Isle is an island on the Detroit river. The park itself was designed by the same man who designed Central Park, and when I was growing up, Belle Isle was the place to be! There was a conservatory, an aquarium, a race track, a playground, a zoo, a beach, and much more. These days, however, Belle Isle is a shell of itself. There have been many efforts to “save” Belle Isle, and in November of last year it was leased to the state of Michigan. All I can say is that time will tell.