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[+] BELLE ISLE MASTERPLAN
AWARDS: 2001 MICHIGAN CHAPTER OF AMERICAN SOCIETY OF LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS HONOR AWARD
2001 MI RECREATION & PARKS ASSOCIATION MASTER PLAN AWARD
2004 AMERICAN SOCIETY OF LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS MERIT AWARD
Situated in the Detroit River, less than a mile from downtown, historic Belle Isle offers Detroiters a retreat from their urban surroundings, providing a magnificent natural setting that has grown to become a special part of the city. Hamilton Anderson Associates was commissioned by the Detroit Recreation Department to identify immediate needs and develop a long-term restoration program for Belle Isle. The designed program recognized the island park’s role as a unique natural environment, historic conservator, learning center and city gathering place. The plan recommended strengthening the island’s assets and amenities, enhancing the range and quality of its public experiences, exploring appropriate revenue generating opportunities, creating more efficient management and operations practices and establishing a consensus for the future direction of the island.