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Underfunded Belle Isle

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Sure, Belle Isle has always been free, but this $10-per-vehicle annual pass to get in is looking pretty necessary. The 983-acre island has suffered neglect for years; Detroit now spends about $2.8 million a year to keep up the island but it is not enough. "By comparison, New York's Central Park, more than 100 acres smaller than Belle Isle, has an annual budget of nearly $43 million for its upkeep and programs." [Freep]