Grand Prixmiere Raises $1.1 Million for Belle Isle Conservancy

$1.1 million dollars in investment will come to Belle Isle courtesy of Grand Prixmiere.

The Belle Isle Conservancy raised $1.1 million during the Grand Prix weekend.  The money raised during an event called the “Grand Prixmiere” will be used for park maintenance.

Conservancy President Michelle Hodges says her group is in the process of deciding how to distribute the funds.

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“We want to be data-driven when we are selecting projects to invest in,” Hodges says.  “However, we know that the aquarium and the conservatory are the core of the campus, along with the Belle Isle Nature Zoo that warrants continued investment, so we’re certain that would be a top priority.”

Hodges says other fundraising opportunities are underway for the park this summer. 


  • Bre'Anna Tinsley
    Bre'Anna Tinsley is a reporter for Detroit Public Radio, 101.9 WDET. She covers city government and housing, as well as co-hosting the "Detroit Evening Report" podcast.