TBT: Belle Isle Playscape

Three... two... one and reminisce!

A photograph that drips with nostalgia, today's black and white color scheme takes us back 37 years.

"Only 80s and 90s kids will remember" rings true for past visitors of the Belle Isle Playscape. Courtesy of the Detroit Historical Society, this playground opened in 1978.

Thanks to the generous combined efforts of the Junior League of Detroit and the City of Detroit, this wooden play structure provided the tools for a child's imagination. Complete with bridges, towers, slides and tunnels, The Belle Isle Playscape's designer, John Lesniak, envisioned a play place that became a reality with the help of a $100,000.

In June of 2003, the playplace received an upgrade, outfitted with new equipment covered in a rubberized surface.