Welcome to Belle Isle Concern

53% of Detroit Curbed.com readers say:
"No Grand Prix on Belle Isle."
We believe Belle Isle is a public park.
Not a private racetrack! 
Belle Isle Concern is also on Facebook       


Keep updated by visiting this website or the Facebook group Belle Isle: Park or Racetrack? The DNR has promised a public hearing and review process for any new contract, expected soon. 

Make your voice heard - "No New Grand Prix Contract." Contact: Keith Creagh, Director, DNR at 517.284.6367, email DNR-Director@michigan.gov; Ron Olson, Parks & Recreation Chief at 517.284.7275, email olsonr@michigan.gov; 

Residents of the City of Detroit, contact Brenda Jones, President, Detroit City Council, 313.224.1245, bjones_mb@detroitmi.gov and/or your other City Council members. The city still owns the park. It is the landlord leasing the park to the DNR.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 


 What's wrong with holding the Grand Prix on Belle Isle Park?

 Belle Isle is a public park and should provide free and unrestricted access to people

every day of the year.

 The Grand Prix violates the mission and stewardship criteria of the DNR (and Belle Isle


 The Grand Prix confiscates the most popular, accessible part of the island for most of the

spring. Concrete barriers block the river view,     

 huge corporate ads line the roads, massive party tents block roads.

 Belle Isle is a stopover for migratory birds and habitat for lots of flora and fauna, but the

DNR has refused to do an environmental impact   

 study of the race.   

 Access to the Scott Fountain is blocked, picnic areas cordoned off--so weddings and

family reunions can't be held. Revenue is lost.

 An overwhelming majority of park users have told the DNR in surveys and public

meetings that the #1 priority for the island is removing the  

 Grand Prix.

 Auto racing is an environmentally insensitive activity which is totally inappropriate for a

public park.

 Auto racing is inappropriate for a venue so close to densely populated areas because of

the disturbance it creates and the disruption it  

 causes to local residents and businesses.

 In a world increasingly conscious of the environment, the holding of an auto race in an

important public park will be seen internationally not 

 as increasing Detroit's prestige but as an appalling act of destruction. 

"As strategic planning moves forward for Belle Isle, Detroit Audubon recommends that habitat protection and nature-friendly family activities should be priorities. We do not support the programming of events like the Grand Prix or Red Bull car races. These events and the infrastructure they require are in conflict with nature, are disruptive to birds, and they do not belong on Belle Isle." --Detroit Audubon 

“To occupy this beloved park [Belle Isle] for 68 spring and summer days, when street races around the world set up and tear down in weeks, is disrespectful to the Detroiters and Michiganders whose tax dollars built and maintain this gem of a park. And the State Department of Natural Resources, which manages the park under a lease deal with the City of Detroit, shouldn’t let it happen.” ---Detroit Free Press, October 13, 2017

A HUGE THANKS TO ALL who joined together on May 26, 2018 for the rally protesting the 

Grand Prix on Belle Isle.  Dozens of you you took time from your busy lives on a holiday weekend 

to stand up for our priceless park. That is important and greatly appreciated. Some of you are 

pictured above.

 Your messages were strong, heartfelt, and unanimous in their support of Belle Isle being 

 essential for our community's quality of life. It is a much-    

 needed place to refresh our spirits, spend time with friends and family, and improve our physical 

 and mental health. And a park without a racetrack  

 benefits the local economy.

 We must keep the momentum going and our group growing! 

This is NOT what a public park should be!

Belle Isle Park is a natural treasure in the City of Detroit. On Earth Day Belle Isle should be an obvious choice to visit and celebrate nature. But on Earth Day 2018 the island was invaded by heavy equipment and tons of concrete in preparation for the Grand Prix car race. This has continued for weeks. #earthdayfilms

Report shows Grand Prix will have one-third of the economic benefit Penske claims

The Grand Prix does not have a $58 million economic benefit to the Detroit area—not even according to a sports industry study that the Prix itself commissioned. The Metro Times obtained a copy of the report by Sportsimpact and found that it says the real local income is $20 million—and that’s only if you somehow count the $6 million in ticket sales as “local income.” Not only that, but the study doesn’t factor in money that would have been spent by people who don’t go into Detroit on race weekend because they’re “crowded out.” A sports economics expert says the Grand Prix PR is deceptive—“clearly wrong.” Read the April 30, 2018 MetroTimes article for details. 

This organization's present primary concern is to have the Grand Prix on Belle Isle moved out of this foremost public park.
The Grand Prix is a billionaire-owned, noise-polluting, anti-nature, tarmac-and-concrete, profit-making concern. Detroit’s foremost public park is not the appropriate venue for it. Don't let private interests dominate the community and public good.  Join the fight to ensure Belle Isle is a public park and not a private racetrack! 

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Important upcoming event to protest voice your concerns about the Grand Prix on Belle Isle Park :

The Belle Isle Park Advisory Committee (BIPAC) meeting is set for Thursday, June 21, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. at the Belle Isle Nature Zoo on Belle Isle.

Please attend to listen and speak if you have interest and concerns re the future of Belle Isle. Public comment is part of the agenda.

It is important to have many voices comment on the adverse effect of public Belle Isle Park being used and dominated for use as a private racetrack.

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