Belle Isle's Athletic Fields Will Get Major Improvements

February 15, 2015, 10:26 AM

The Belle Isle master plan states that the baseball and soccer fields suffer from "severe drainage issues" and poor overall design, reports Curbed Detroit.

Belle Isle softball field. (Come Play Detroit photo)

Considering that, it appears things are going to change. Come Play Detroit, a Detroit-based company, says it plans a major overhaul of the athletic complex, Crain's Detroit Business reports.

Amy Haimerl of Crain's Detroit Business writes that the Department of Natural Resources, which runs the park, announced last week that itd had awarded Come Play Detroit a contract for the athletic complex at  Belle Isle. The company has been organizing sports leagues on the island for the past five years. Last year, it was awarded the contract to manage the permits and scheduling for the playing fields.

Come Play Detroit founder Justin Jacobs says he has big plans to upgrade the fields.

"We're definitely looking to take the lead on a fundraising campaign to completely renovate the athletic complex and turn it into a state-of-the-art hub for health and wellness," Jacobs tells Amy Haimerl.

Crain's reports that Jacobs has asked New York City-based Biederman Redevelopment Ventures to partner with him to upgrade the fields.

"They are the best in the world at what they do," Jacobs said.

Read more:  Crain's Detroit Business

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