DETROIT – ComePlayDetroit has been awarded a seven year contract by the state of Michigan to maintain, manage and operate the sports fields and facilities located on Belle Isle.
In 2014, ComePlayDetroit was granted a one-year contract by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to manage the Belle Isle sports complex following the acquisition of Belle Isle by the State of Michigan.
Established in 2010, ComePlayDetroit currently provides coordination
and management for over 100 intramural athletic leagues throughout metropolitan Detroit. Nearly 20,000 people, primarily young adults, have participated In ComePlayDetroit’s baseball, soccer, volleyball and basketball leagues over the past 4 years.
The organization intends to partner with Biederman Redevelopment Ventures, one of the nation’s leading park and public space redevelopment firms, and Healthy Detroit, a nonprofit public health organization. The organizations will build on the Belle Isle sports complex’s current assets as well as raising capitol to transform the Belle Isle facility into a premier health and fitness complex.
“We are extremely excited to bring new energy to the Belle Isle sports complex.,” said Justin Jacob, ComePlayDetroit CEO. “Whether through participating in a wide offering of athletic and healthy living programing or through sports league participation, we think the Belle Isle complex will allow individuals to discover a new sense of regional community and pride.”
Jacob said that the partnership’s vision for the complex extends far beyond the current facilities to a full service, state of the art, sports complex.
“Toward that end, Jacob said, we have commenced a development campaign geared at raising more than $10 million to transform sports fields, develop trails, provide innovative work out equipment, playgrounds, programing and classes.
“ It is our hope, “ Jacob said, “that others in the community will agree that the further development of Belle Isle’s sports complex as a healthy living cornerstone will benefit our entire region for generations to come.”