CHICAGO -- A state-run board Tuesday approved Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder’s push to lease Detroit’s biggest park for up to 30 years, killing an alternative 10-year lease proposed by the Detroit City Council.

The Local Emergency Financial Assistance Loan Board met Tuesday to consider the two competing plans to have the state take over Belle Isle, one of the largest parks in the country and often dubbed the “jewel” of Detroit. The park has fallen into disrepair over the last several years as the bankrupt city’s finances deteriorated.

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