The Evolution of Bicentennial Park to Museum Park

 Downtown Miami From Bicentennial Park

Downtown Miami From Bicentennial Park

Originally, before it was Museum Park or Bicentennial Park, the land was the location of the Port of Miami. 

In 1960, the City of Miami bought the land, but it wasn't until 1974 that the Miami City Commission approved plans for Bicentennial Park. 

After the Port of Miami moved to Dodge Island, Bicentennial Park was created from the old dock slips and finally opened in 1976.

From 1986 until 1993 the Grand Prix of Miami was held at Bicentennial Park. The lined barriers from the track were still visible until the construction of Museum Park.

Over the years Bicentennial Park began to deteriorate due to lack of upkeep and complaints of poor design. The homeless began to sleep in the park after a judge ordered the city to give them a place to stay.

Bicentennial Park hosted many events over the years including the popular Ultra Music Festival, but residents craved a new updated park.

The plans for Museum Park finally came into fruition and $10 million was given for improvements to the park. On the Northern section of the park is the recently completed Perez Art Museum of Miami and the Frost Museum of Science, which is expected to be completed in 2015. 

Museum Park opened on June 14, 2014 (Photos can be seen here) and is a vast improvement over Bicentennial Park. Hopefully the park will be maintained over the years and does not become another Bicentennial Park.

Below are photos of Bicentennial Park over the years to Museum Park.