If you don’t recognize the place in this picture, I have a problem with that. It’s not your fault. This place has been closed for far too long. This place was once Detroit’s link to underwater marine life worldwide. Here is where I first saw a piranha before going to the pet store and getting my own. The electric eel would put out a enough volts to power the light bulb in front of the tank. Everything I knew about marine life started in this building. Daylight shining through the tanks in the middle re-enforce the loss of not having an aquarium in the city.
There is another light shining. That light comes in the form of the Belle Isle Conservatory Community Meeting tomorrow night from 6pm to 9pm at the Detroit/Wayne County Port Authority 130 East Atwater Street Detroit, MI. Hope for the Belle Isle Aquarium starts here and you can be a part of that hope. All are welcome! Come down and support the aquarium on the way to revitalizing Belle Isle. Revitalization is contagious and hopefully spreading throughout the city. Wouldn’t it be nice if the marine life our children see on Animal Planet were right here on Belle Isle! That’s how I remember it! Holla if you hear me!
UPDATE: I attended the Belle Isle Conservatory Meeting last night and the turnout was AWESOME! There were over 300 people and standing room only. Mayor Dave Bing was on hand as well as City Council Member Charles Pugh. Each pledged the utmost support from the city in restoring Belle Isle to its full glory. You can be a part of it by going on the Belle Isle Conservancy website and getting futher information. Your help is wanted, needed, and will be appreciated for years to come!
Belle Isle Conservancy: www.BelleIsleConservancy.org