Orion’s New Home: Belle Isle

Mar 13, 2013

So you already know that Orion is back this year and bringing the rock straight to Detroit. But did you also know that our new home is one of the most historic parks in the country?

That’s right. The nearly 1,000-acre Belle Isle was designed by famed landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted in 1883, and is often considered to be one of the crown jewels of Detroit. (Fun fact: Olmsted also designed Manhattan’s Central Park.)

We caught up with Michele Hodges, President of the Belle Isle Conservancy, for a look at the park’s wide-ranging appeal.

“Belle Isle, the only island park designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, provides visitors with numerous recreational and cultural opportunities. Boaters, bicyclists, athletes, botanical and maritime enthusiasts, museum goers, children, senior citizens, and adults of all backgrounds will feel at home on Belle Isle. It is a particularly good location for family gatherings, and its historic structures lend to its authenticity. The international border, and unique location in the Detroit River, only add to its appeal.”

In our efforts to bring the Festival site to life this June — and long after — team Orion will be rebuilding various elements within the park, helping to sustain its position as an outdoor destination for both residents and visitors alike.

Uniquely situated in the middle of the Detroit River (between the United States and Canada), Belle Isle is the largest island city park in the United States. What could be a better place to experience the sights and sounds of the second annual Orion Festival?

Check out what other people are saying then make your plans to join the party this June!