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Detroit Grand Prix Makes Pitch To Keep Races On Belle Isle

July 14, 2018 - 3:47 pm

BELLE ISLE (WWJ) - The Detroit Grand Prix has made its pitch to stay on Belle Isle.

Comments have been heard and now, the Department of Natural Resources will make a decision on whether the Detroit Grand Prix can stay on Belle Isle.

When the DNR assumed management of Belle Isle as a state park in February 2014, the department chose to honor the five-year Detroit Grand Prix agreement already in place with the city of Detroit. Because that agreement expired in 2018, the Detroit Grand Prix is seeking a new three-year agreement, which includes an option for two one-year extensions. 

The DNR says it will go over everything presented at a meeting Friday and make a decision after August 2nd. Race officials and the Belle Isle Park Advisory Committee spent three hours listening to public comment. Most -- in favor of keeping the event on the island -- saying it brings excitement and money to the city. Those opposed argue it's not good for the environment.

"Thoughtful public input is an important step in the evaluation process for any event like this," Ron Olson, chief of the DNR Parks and Recreation Division, said in a statement. "We encourage area residents, business owners and others interested in the future of Belle Isle Park to share their suggestions and ideas with us."

To submit a comment to the DNR, send an email to