Bicentennial Park (Miami)

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Bicentennial Park
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Bicentennial Park as seen from The Grand Doubletree in May 2012
Type Municipal
Location Downtown, Miami, Florida, United States
Coordinates 25°47′02″N 80°11′13″W / 25.784°N 80.187°W / 25.784; -80.187Coordinates: 25°47′02″N 80°11′13″W / 25.784°N 80.187°W / 25.784; -80.187
Area 30 acres (0.12 km2)
Created 1976
Operated by Miami-Dade County Parks and Recreation Department

Bicentennial Park is a 30-acre (0.12 km2) public, urban park in downtown Miami, Florida. The park opened in 1976 on the site of several slips served by the Seaboard Air Line Railroad. It was named "Bicentennial Park" to celebrate the bicentennial of the United States in that same year. Today, Bicentennial Park is maintained by Miami-Dade County Parks and Recreation Department, a public organization that manages all the parks within Miami. The park is bordered on the north by I-395, Metromover, and the former Miami Herald headquarters, on the south by the American Airlines Arena and Bayside Marketplace, on the west by Biscayne Boulevard and on the east by Biscayne Bay.

Bicentennial Park is served by the Metrorail at Government Center Station and directly by the Metromover's Museum Park Station, Eleventh Street Station and Park West Station.

Bicentennial Park is host to many large-scale events as the park can hold around 45,000 people. Some of these events include Ultra Music Festival, a large, three-day music event, numerous rock concerts such as Warped Tour, various conventions, concerts, as well as boat tours around Biscayne Bay. In March 2009, Bicentennial Park was set to host the Langerado Music Festival, a large three-day festival that was held at the Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation every Spring since 2003, but was canceled due to poor ticket sales.

Seven blocks south, is Bicentennial Park's partner park, the 32-acre (0.13 km2) Bayfront Park.

Bicentennial Park is currently undergoing a renovation to be renamed Museum Park for the Pérez Art Museum Miami and construction of the new Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science. The $10 million revamp will include a new baywalk and a promenade from Biscayne Boulevard to Biscayne Bay that will provide pedestrian access to the museums.[1] as it is currently underutilized for large parts of the year. Pérez Art Museum Miami opened in December 2013 and construction of the Frost Museum of Science is due to be completed in 2015.

History[edit]

Bicentennial Park during Ultra Music Festival and Earth Hour, on 27 March 2010.

From the early 1900s to the mid-1960s, Bicentennial Park was the location of the Port of Miami, until it eventually moved to neighboring Dodge Island in the mid-1960s. The port at what is today Bicentennial Park was then a bustling cargo, trade and passenger port, with the offices of Clyde Mallory Lines at the park. Once the port moved out to Dodge Island, the land was cleaned up of industrial residue from decades of port trade, and the park was designed, finally opening up in 1976, as Downtown's second large park after Bayfront Park. The name "Bicentennial Park" signifies the bicentenary of the independence of the United States in that same year. [2][3]

In May 1994, the Omni Loop of the Metromover opened, which brought a Metromover station to Bicentennial Park. In 1996 Bicentennial Park Station was closed due to lack of use. In 2013 the station was renovated and reopened as Museum Park Station to provide direct access to the art and science museums.

Auto racing[edit]

Racing events were held on a temporary circuit at the park from 1986-1995 involving IMSA, Trans-Am Series, and CART.

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