PUBLIC STATEMENT/REQUEST TO THE DNR

September 20 and 21, 2017; Updated: October 5, 2017


Because of our deep concern for the environment and integrity of Belle Isle as a public park, we the undersigned, believe the Michigan Department of Natural Resources should commission an independent third-party environmental impact study of the effects of the Detroit Grand Prix on the island habitat. 

Since the public has a high stake in good stewardship and protection of the park environment, such a study must be done and its findings assessed before any new contract is awarded the Roger Penske organization and the Grand Prix.

Michigan Chapter, Sierra Club

 

Southeast Michigan Chapter, Sierra Club

 

Michigan Audubon

 

Detroit Audubon

 

Freshwater Future

 

Great Lakes Bioneers of Detroit

 

Michigan Historic Preservation Network

 

Tom Henderson, Detroit River Canadian Cleanup (Windsor)

 

Belle Isle Concern

 

Stephanie Chang, State Representative

 

Professor Tiya Miles, University of Michigan

 

Terry Blackhawk, founder, Inside Out Literary Arts Project

 

Mac Farr, Community Leader


Alice Marczewski, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine


Timothy Schacht, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

 

Diane Bukowski and Voice of Detroit

 

Harriet Saperstein, Urban Consultant, Detroit

 

Rev. Bill Wylie-Kellerman, Detroiters Against Emergency Management

 

LuAnn Kozma, Michigan Environmental Activist

 

Rebecca Minardi, Doctoral Student, Dept. Community Sustainability, MI State University

 

Rashida Tlaib, Former State Representative and Community Organizer

 

Joann Castle, Community Activist, Writer  

 

Helen Gentry and hundreds of other longtime park users who have commented on our online petition and Facebook page

 

Submitted by Sandra A. Novacek for Belle Isle Concern - Detroit, Michigan