The Belle Isle Conservancy, in partnership with the Detroit Recreation Department, is launching a new program, Belle Isle Summer Saturdays (BLISS) to bring new energy to one of metro Detroit’s most popular parks. BLISS will take place on August 17 and September 21 (third Saturday of the month during the summer).

In addition to enjoying all that Belle Isle already offers on Saturdays, visitors will have opportunities to attend yoga classes, enjoy tours of the island, rent kayaks and bikes, purchase food from food trucks, adopt rescued dogs and much more. All programming is being undertaken in partnership with Detroit area non-profits, small businesses, corporations, community groups and individuals.

The “Beauty of Belle Isle Art Contest” kicked off on July 20. Detroiters were asked to submit artwork (photos, drawings, sculptures, etc.) Winners will receive cash prizes. Works of art will be on display at the finale event on September 21.

In efforts to transform the island, several existing volunteer groups have combined to form the Belle Isle Conservancy (BIC). The Conservancy has begun to mobilize resources to reinvest in the park and provide a positive experience for thousands of park users who return year after year.

Michele Hodges, president of the Belle Isle Conservancy, said, “BLISS is a great opportunity for metro Detroit residents to experience this beautiful landmark and really enjoy Belle Isle. Many activities like these take place in other parks across the country and we’re happy to be able to create this experience for Detroiters.”

The Belle Isle Summer Series is made possible by the generous support of The GM Foundation and The Kresge Foundation. Additional partners include Project for Public Spaces, D: Hive, Detroit River Sports, Detroit Bus Company, Detroit Dog Rescue, Arts & Scraps, WDET, and the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy.

Attendees should visit the information tent, located at the Belle Isle Aquarium, for brochures, maps, and full details. BLISS hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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