Detroit City Council members say Gov. Rick Snyder and the city's emergency manager have struck a deal to have the state run Belle Isle.
The Detroit News says council members discussed it during a public meeting Tuesday. There was no immediate comment from Snyder's office. A spokesman for emergency manager Kevyn Orr says an announcement is in the works.
The 985-acre island is a city park in the Detroit River. Detroit has struggled to maintain it because of poor finances.
Council President Saunteel Jenkins says she was informed of the deal Monday.
The governor and Mayor Dave Bing had an earlier plan to lease it to the state and operate it as a state park, but council members said no.
As emergency manager, Orr doesn't need the council's approval.