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Packing the Park: How Big is Belle Isle?

by Kevin Chapo, GIS Analyst

If every member of the United States lived in an area with the population density of Brooklyn, NY (35,000 per sq mi) we all could fit into New Hampshire, the 5th smallest state.

At 982 acres (1.534 sq mi), Belle Isle Park is the largest city island park in the United States and is larger than Central Park in New York City.

Belle Island has 42,775,920 sq ft of total area. There are 6,104,916 sq ft of water from the two ponds and 3 lakes. That leaves 34,993,352 sq ft of land, which would give all 713,777 Detroiters room to be on the island at one time. Each resident would get 49 sq ft – about the size of a picnic table. If you took all 9,883,640 Michiganders and placed them on the island, each citizen would get 3.5 sq ft, which is approximately the shoulder-to-shoulder density at concerts.

One response to “Packing the Park: How Big is Belle Isle?”

  1. Danny says:

    I say we try it! Who’s with me?