It was designed by the great urban landscape artist Frederick Law Olmsted, who also designed Central Park, Prospect Park in NYC, tons of great parks in Chicago and Boston and all over the US. It truely is a beautiful island and fun to go to.
I also want to make a note of this:
I found out that night that a young girl, I think 16, drowned on Sunday on Belle Isle. She was swimming on the Canadian side of the island where the current is very fast and the freighters pass. I am upset that there were so many witnesses that did nothing when there are signs of "no swimming" for the reason of the fast currents on that side of the island (the beach is on the other side where the water way is narrow and current is slower). We need to watch each other and help people around us. I feel her death could have been prevented by the many, many people who were surrounding her.
My thoughts and prayers go to her family and am relieved to know her younger sister, who was also in the water, got to shore safely. Please let's not turn a blind eye when we see children and other people that are in danger or potential danger.