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Whittier70
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Post Number: 69
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Posted on Tuesday, March 11, 2008 - 9:17 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

What will become of the Belle Isle aquarium?
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Detroitej72
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Posted on Tuesday, March 11, 2008 - 9:33 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

It currently houses the offices for the flower house. I talked to the woman in charge last winter (can't remember her name), and she said the aquariums have been carefully preserved in the hopes that one day it may reopen.
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Rhymeswithrawk
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Posted on Tuesday, March 11, 2008 - 9:39 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Here's hopin'!
http://s215.photobucket.com/al bums/cc280/buildingsofdetroit/ ?action=tags&current=Belle%20I sle%20Aquarium
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Whittier70
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Posted on Tuesday, March 11, 2008 - 9:41 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Thats good to know, thank you. I hope they reopen it someday, when/if we get a good mayor. But even if it reopens it won't be the same, all the creatures that were there as far back as I remember are gone. some of them even probably went back to when my parents were kids too.
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Mwilbert
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Posted on Tuesday, March 11, 2008 - 9:46 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I'd like to have the aquarium back even if it had new occupants. I would miss the electric eel though. I have no idea if it was the same one when it closed as when I was a child. It looked the same, but there is no reason to think I can tell one electric eel from another.
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Whittier70
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Posted on Tuesday, March 11, 2008 - 9:56 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

What year did it close before?
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Whittier70
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Posted on Tuesday, March 11, 2008 - 10:06 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Does anybody know what the Casino, skating pavillion and athletic house are being used for these days if being used at all? And is the police station still a functional station or just an extra police yard for the cars.
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Bibs
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Posted on Saturday, March 15, 2008 - 7:26 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

The Casino, skating pavillion and athletic house are currently being used. The skating pavillion was recently renovated with matching Federal Grant. I think you can rent paddle boats which are shaped like a giant swan.

The police station still exists and is manned.

An extremely large paddock (Imagine a parking lot)made of cement was created next to the Scott Fountain for the race on Belle Isle.

In state of the city address, Mayor Kilpatrick mentioned that the abandoned boat club next to the Belle Isle bridge will be turned into a Maritime school.

The pavillion in front of the Belle Isle Aquarium was also renovated with a Federal Matching grant.

The Detroit Women's Club is building a new bath house as well as some paths with landscaping at the Southern tip of the island which offers excellent views of the city.

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