Peters, Stabenow Announce Support for Development of Trail Loop around Belle Isle Park

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow announced $750,000 in federal funding, which will be matched by private investments, to develop a six-mile, multi-use loop trail around Belle Isle Park. The funding is provided by the National Park Service’s Land and Water Conservation Fund State & Local Assistance Program.

“Belle Isle gives families the opportunity to explore Michigan’s history and natural beauty on the international waters of the Detroit River,” said Senator Peters. “Thanks to this funding, the jewel of Detroit – Belle Isle – can continue to make upgrades to existing facilities, giving area families a vibrant state park and boosting the economy by attracting new visitors from around the country.”

“Belle Isle is a crown jewel in the City of Detroit.” said Senator Stabenow. “It’s exciting to see how this and other investments are making Belle Isle an even better destination for families in the city and across the region.”

The Land and Water Conservation Fund State & Local Assistance Program provides matching grants for local and state park projects outside national park boundaries. Over 40,000 grants to states and localities have been approved under the LWCF grants program for acquisition, development, and planning of outdoor recreation opportunities in the United States. More information about the grant can be found at https://www.nps.gov/subjects/lwcf/stateside.htm.