Belle Isle has been a point of contention in Detroit politics since before the Emergency Manager was even announced in 2013. During bankruptcy proceedings, it was leased to the state of Michigan which now manages it as a state park.
It's also one of our favorite spots in Detroit. So when it came time to plan the wedding, we decided to host it there. That's where the whole state-taking-over-from-the-city thing threw a wrench in our plans.
In prior years, all of the facilities on the island could be booked starting on March 24 of that year. Now, everything is reserveable up to one year in advance. The city has finally taken down their Belle Isle page, two months after the shift from a city to state park, but in the last two months we've chased down threads of information about the various sites and finally have a comprehensive understanding of what to do. Here it is.