- Associated Press - Friday, February 7, 2014

DETROIT (AP) - The state says Belle Isle’s event-reservation procedures and price structure will stay the same this year after it becomes Michigan’s newest state park.

The Department of Natural Resources announced Friday the update for those planning to host family reunions, birthday parties or other events. The DNR will continue to use the city of Detroit Recreation Department’s procedures and price structure.

Any changes for 2015 will be announced later this year.

The state is taking over the Detroit-owned park under a lease deal with Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr. The move goes into effect Monday.

The change is expected to save the bankrupt city between $4 million and $6 million a year. Detroit retains ownership of Belle Isle. There will be a new $11-per-car annual fee to visit.

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