Post Number: 40
|Posted on Tuesday, March 10, 2009 - 2:44 pm: || |
Does anyone know what the giant glacier looking thing on the Detroit side of Belle Isle is? It appears to be a glacier with a tree in the middle...but why?
Water main break? art project gone wrong?
Post Number: 735
|Posted on Tuesday, March 10, 2009 - 2:48 pm: || |
Welcome to Detroit, Penelope!
That's Belle Isles' famous Ice Tree. It's exactly what it looks like: a few pines strapped together and covered with water that freezes.
It makes ice caves to play in and quite an interesting site just to pass by!
Post Number: 41
|Posted on Tuesday, March 10, 2009 - 2:51 pm: || |
Now I want more information because I have never heard of the "Famouse Ice Tree" and I feel robbed.
Whose idea was this? When? Were they high?
Post Number: 2940
|Posted on Tuesday, March 10, 2009 - 2:58 pm: || |
That has been a tradition for many years on Belle Isle. When did it start and why? Hmmm, my memory needs some jogging. Was it mid-70s? I got here in the mid-60s and I remember when they started this, but not the reasoning behind it.
This is from DetroitCity.com:
I've done some digging, and it appears that this has been an annual attraction since at least the 60's. I would guess that this unusually cold winter has allowed for a much more impressive ice buildup than the relatively warmer winters we've had the last few years. Enjoy it while it lasts!
Post Number: 398
|Posted on Tuesday, March 10, 2009 - 3:02 pm: || |
The Parks and Rec Department have done it there every winter since I was a little kid (which means at least since the mid '60s). Whenever we had a prolonged freeze for a few days we would drive over there on the weekend and have a look. It's an east side tradition.
Post Number: 1773
|Posted on Tuesday, March 10, 2009 - 3:11 pm: || |
Used to do it all the time on Washington Boulevard in front of the Cadillac Hotel (now the site of the Book-Caddy). There are postcards of it. Here's a photo from WPR Library: http://tinyurl.com/chs3ac
Belle Isle frozen fountain: http://tinyurl.com/cl5h3o
Post Number: 1660
|Posted on Tuesday, March 10, 2009 - 6:21 pm: || |
This is what it looked like a few days before Christmas. And there istn't a tree under there. Just a telephone pole.
Post Number: 1147
|Posted on Tuesday, March 10, 2009 - 7:49 pm: || |
When I was there on the 28th of February, I could see that there were evergreen tree pieces sticking out the top.
Post Number: 72
|Posted on Tuesday, March 10, 2009 - 7:59 pm: || |
That's where the official city Christmas trees go after the new year. It's been that way for the 51 years that I have been living here.
Post Number: 1056
|Posted on Sunday, March 15, 2009 - 6:17 pm: || |
There IS a tree under there. I took this today before the parade.