Fate of Detroit Grand Prix in hands of Michigan DNR

By Gregg Krupa
The Detroit News
Before the fate of the Detroit Grand Prix is decided, fans and residents can still make their voice heard through online forums.

Detroit — The fate of the Detroit Grand Prix is on the agenda of the Belle Isle Park Advisory Committee at a special meeting next week.

The state Department of Natural Resources will reveal the tentative decision on whether to permit continued auto racing on Belle Isle. The advisory committee can then critique the decision, and the public can comment.

The special session of the advisory committee is scheduled for 6 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 2, at the Belle Isle Nature Center, 176 Lakeside Drive, Belle Isle Park.

Ron Olson, chief of the Parks and Recreation Division, will subsequently inform the advisory committee of his final decision.

But the opportunity continues for public comments in advance of the special meeting.

The proposal to renew state permission to hold racing in IndyCar, IMSA Sporstcars and other racing series, is available online at michigan.gov/dnr.

Available, there, is the presentation of the proposal to renew permission for the Detroit Grand Prix, an outline of the review process and the specific proposal.

Also, available under the “Public feedback” section is a click-on for emailing public comments to: DNR-GrandPrix-Proposal@michigan.gov

“That is a place where people who want to comment can focus in,” Olson said during the monthly meeting of the Belle Isle Advisory Committee on July 13.

“And then, on Aug. 2, the advisory committee will convene a special meeting, just for this, when we will review the outcome of our review; basically, our tentative decision.

“The committee will have a chance to ask more questions, and whether they want to chime in one way or another. They will set aside time for public comment.”

The committee advises, but does not make the decision.

“Then after that,” Olson said, “we will make a final decision public.”