A week-long demoliton of the water slide on Detroit’s Belle Isle began Monday, making way for improvements in the beach area.
“The water slide on Belle Isle opened in 1996 and now is well past its useful lifespan, with significant disrepair and investment needs,” the Department of Natural Resources said in a press release. “The Michigan Department of Natural Resources, the City of Detroit and the Belle Isle Conservancy decided that a better use of investment dollars would be to revitalize the beach area and replace the water slide with a patio area and construction of a splash park feature in the open lawn space in the beach area’s west end.
“The new amenities will blend into the natural beauty of the island and offer water play activities for park users of all ages and abilities,” the release said. ‘The plan also includes enhanced seating, landscaping and parking.”
The DNR pegged the estimated cost of improvments at $3.5 million, which will be implemented in phases as funds become available.
The Detroit-based Farrow Group has donated its services to remove the water slide and make way for the new splash park.