Belle Isle's athletic complex will be a major rehab target this year, and a pretty big name is going to help make it happen: Biederman Redevelopment Ventures, an NYC-based design firm that specializes in revitalizing prominent urban parks.
Working with Come Play Detroit and Healthy Detroit, BRV will tackle the challenge of fixing up Belle Isle's largest open space. According to the Belle Isle Master Plan, the baseball/soccer fields suffer from "severe drainage issues" and poor overall design. It's unclear whether or not the effort will include the historic Belle Isle Athletic Shelter, but we sure do hope so.
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