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Belle Isle

Belle Isle is a 702 acre island in the Detroit River that is a park managed by the Detroit Department of Parks and Recreation. It is connected to the rest of the city by the MacArthur Bridge. It is home to the Detroit Yacht Club (http://www.dyc.com/), the Dossin Great Lakes Museum (http://www.glmi.org/), a Coast Guard post (http://hometown.aol.com/budatlitho/division10/belleil.htm), a zoo and a municipal golf course. The island includes the only beach in the city of Detroit.

The island was landscaped in the 1880's by Frederick Law Olmsted, a prominent urban park designer. The 1908 Belle Isle Casino building is still used for occasional public events but no longer a casino. The highlight of Belle Isle is the combination of the America's first public aquarium (http://travel.michigan.org/detail.asp?m=2&p=B564) and a beautiful botanical garden. (http://www.bibsociety.org/sys-tmpl/door/) The island is home to a herd of escaped European fallow deer.


Belle Isle is also the name of an island in the James River that is located in Richmond, Virginia, and of an island off the coast of Brittany which may be the place where Breton is still spoken most.



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