Have a good idea for a community event on Belle Isle? Here’s your chance to make it a reality.
The Belle Isle Conservancy and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources are seeking proposals from residents with community-driven event or program ideas for the park. The ideas can range from art, urban agriculture, social justice, social entrepreneurs, education, technology and more.
The two organizations have partnered with Detroit SOUP to launch a one-time special event called, Belle Isle SOUP. Four proposals on potential projects will be chosen and voted on by the public at that event, which takes place on Wednesday, August 31 from 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. at the Cricket Field near the Belle Isle Casino. The cost is just $5 for soup, salad, bread and a vote on which proposal will be implemented.
Detroit SOUP hosts public dinners to fund and provide micro-grants for community projects, programs and businesses.
After hearing the proposals, those attending the dinner vote on the project they think would most benefit the community. The winner gets the money collected to launch the ideas and receives the newfound support of hundreds of community members. To date, Detroit SOUP has raised over $120,000 for community projects, programs and businesses.
“This is a wonderful step in our efforts to engage the community by providing an intentional platform in which they can not only bring their ideas for improving and enhancing the park to the table, but also receive funding and Conservancy staff support to do so,” said Michele Hodges, president of the Belle Isle Conservancy.
The four proposals shared at the dinner will be chosen by a proposal selection committee, which will consist of Detroit SOUP, Belle Isle Conservancy, and DNR staff, along with past SOUP winners and Belle Isle Park users.
Proposals are due Sunday, August 14, 2016 and can be submitted online at detroitsoup.com/submit-belle-isle. You can also drop it off at the Belle Isle Conservancy office at 300 River Place Drive, Suite 2800, by 5:oo p.m. on Friday, August 12 or at one of the one of the following locations: Grandmont Rosedale Development Corporation, Live6 Detroit, Osborn Neighborhood Alliance, Eastside Community Network, SER Metro Detroit or Joy-Southfield Community Development Corporation.
Event volunteers and food donations are also needed. A food donation is not required to attend the event, but anyone who donates food gets 60 seconds to share an update of their choice with the audience. For more information, visit www.belleisleconservancy.org/belleislesoup.