View of western side of Bayfront Park, northward on Biscayne Boulevard, circa 2004
|Location||Downtown, Miami, Florida, United States|
|Area||32 acres (13 ha)|
|Operated by||Bayfront Park Management Trust|
The park began construction in 1924 under the design plans of Warren Henry Manning and officially opened in March 1925. Beginning in 1980, it underwent a major redesign by Japanese-American modernist artist and landscape architect, Isamu Noguchi. Today, Bayfront Park is maintained by the Bayfront Park Management Trust, a limited agency of the city of Miami.
Bayfront Park is bordered on the north by Bayside Marketplace and the American Airlines Arena, on the south by Chopin Plaza, on the west by Biscayne Boulevard and on the east by Biscayne Bay. Bayfront Park is host to many large events such as the New Year's ball drop, Christmas celebrations, concerts, the Bayfront Park Amphitheater, the Tina Hills Pavilion, as well as boat tours around Biscayne Bay.
Seven blocks north is Bayfront Park's partner park, the 30-acre (0.12 km2) Bicentennial Park.
Site of assassination of Anton Cermak 
On February 15, 1933, Chicago Mayor Anton Cermak was shot three times in the chest and mortally wounded while shaking hands with President-elect Franklin D. Roosevelt in front of Bayfront Park by assassin Giuseppe Zangara. Along with Cermak, who died of his wounds 19 days later, four other people were hit by the gunman, one of whom also died. A serious debate has ensued as to whether Zangara had been actually trying to assassinate Roosevelt instead of Cermak, however no firm evidence has been found out to prove this theory.
Bayfront Park holds the city's annual "America's Birthday Bash" on Independence Day, which attracted over 60,000 visitors in 2011. The park also hosts the city's official New Year's Eve party that annually hosts over 70,000 visitors. Visitors are encouraged to take the Miami Metrorail or Metrobus for events at Bayfront Park as parking can be scarce and expensive. The nearest Metrorail station is Government Center. For more information, visit: Miami-Dade Transit. It also holds the Ultra Music Festival which goes on for 6 days with 60,000 people each day and 300,000 people total.
Notable people 
- Caesar LaMonaca, was a composer and band leader for the City of Miami. His band gave musical performances in its Bayfront Park from 1928-1978. LaMonaca ended his lengthy tenure as the city’s musical maestro in 1978, after falling from the podium during and breaking his hip.
The Bayfront Park Amphitheater has a seating capacity of 10,000 people: 2,672 fixed benches and 7,328 in the lawn. The Tina Hills Pavilion is an open air pavilion with a seating capacity of 1,000 people: 200 fixed seats and 800 in the lawn.
Out of date since renovations.
Racing circuit 
|Location||Miami, Florida, USA|
|Length||1.85 mi (2.98 km)|
|Length||1.387 mi (2.232 km)|
|Length||1.15 mi (1.85 km)|
Promoter Ralph Sanchez brought auto racing to Bayfront Park began in 1983, when the IMSA GT Championship began the Grand Prix of Miami. A 1.85-mile (2.98 km) circuit was laid out on the park roads and Biscayne Boulevard. IMSA races were held from 1983 until 1985. For 1986, the event moved to nearby Bicentennial Park.
In 2002, the Grand Prix Americas, a joint CART Champ Car and American Le Mans Series event, revived the Bayfront park circuit. A 1.387-mile (2.232 km) circuit utilized park roads and extended onto Biscayne Boulevard and 3rd and 4th Streets. In 2003, the layout was changed to drop the 3rd/4th Street loop and add a section on Biscayne Boulevard along the north end of the park.
Race results 
|1983||Al Holbert||March 83G-Chevrolet||Holbert Racing||IMSA GT Championship|
|1984|| Doc Bundy
|Jaguar XJR-5||Group 44||IMSA GT Championship|
|1985|| Al Holbert
|Porsche 962||Holbert Racing||IMSA GT Championship|
|Bicentennial Park (1986–1995), not held (1996–2001)|
|2002||Cristiano da Matta||Lola-Toyota||Newman/Haas Racing||CART (report)|
| Frank Biela
|Audi R8||Audi Sport North America||ALMS (report)|
|2003||Mario Domínguez||Lola-Ford Cosworth||Herdez Competition||CART (report)|
| JJ Lehto
|Audi R8||ADT Champion Racing||ALMS (report)|
- "Public Pulse: Regarding Bayfront Park". Miami Daily News. 31 March 1925. Retrieved 4 May 2011.
- "Freedom of Information Act : Franklin D. Roosevelt (assassination attempt) [electronic resource]". Retrieved 2008-08-04.[dead link]
|This article relies on references to primary sources. (April 2008)|
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