...Frederick Law Olmsted's work has passed the test of time; his work in Druid Hills set the stage and continues to influence metro Atlanta...
Belle Isle, formally known as Hog Island, was purchased by the City of Detroit in 1879 and designated it a public park. The following year, 1880, the City contracted the services of Olmsted to develop the park, and design a plan for the island. Olmsted's idea was to place a Ferry dock at one end of the island and build up the area in it's vicinity. From there the island would be transformed into a natural park. There were canals for pleasure boating and walking paths for people to enjoy the natural scenery. Much like Mont Royal in Montreal, the singular feeling to Belle Isle, was to leave the feeling of simplicity and let nature spring out.