Detroit’s Belle Isle Aquarium to reopen three days a month

August 24, 2012 at 4:17 pm

Detroit’s Belle Isle Aquarium to reopen three days a month

Belle Isle Aquarium (David Coates/The Detroit News)

Detroit — The Belle Isle Aquarium will reopen to the public three days a month beginning next month, city officials and others confirmed Friday.

Mayor Dave Bing will host a ribbon cutting ceremony to dedicate the facility as early as Sept. 14.

The aquarium, which has been closed on the isle since 2005, will be open one Sunday a month and the first and third Saturdays of the month.

City officials have been working with the Belle Isle Conservancy, which will operate the facility with volunteers, for months.

The conservancy group has been raising money through fundraisers such as one held in June to help reopen the aquarium.

Robert Warfield, the mayor’s communication’s director, said this “is in no way connected” to the negotiations the city has had with the state on a long-term lease agreement plan for Belle Isle.

The aquarium, which has several operating tanks that are maintained by the conservancy members, has occasionally been made open to the public for special events. The facility shut down in 2005 after 100 years of opening its doors.

lfleming@detnews.com

From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20120824/METRO01/208240441#ixzz24WNZt0BT

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