Bicentennial Park

Aerial View of Bicentennial Park Opening, Before It Was Museum Park

Originally used as the first location of the Port of Miami, Museum Park has evolved over the years. After the Port of Miami moved to Dodge Island, the land was transformed into Bicentennial Park and opened in 1976. The video below is an aerial view of the park, which had two baseball fields and many trees. From 1986 to 1993, Bicentennial Park was used for the Grand Prix of Miami and several music festivals. The Perez Art Museum of Miami was completed next to the park in 2013 before it was transformed in Museum Park. Once Museum Park was completed the Frost Museum of Science opened in 2017.

This Was Downtown Miami In 1977 - Before & After

The photo on the left is what Downtown Miami looked like in 1977. Brickell Key was just an empty island in the process of development. The site American Airlines Arena is currently on was used as a Port and Bicentennial Park was in its infancy. Fast forward to 2015 and the Frost Museum of Science is under construction and many condos and offices have filled Biscayne Boulevard and the Downtown core. Biscayne Boulevard has also been widened to support the traffic. In both photos the one constant that has remained is the iconic Freedom Tower.

Bonus Photo: Downtown Miami in the 1930's

Frost Museum of Science Construction Photos

Frost Museum of Science Next to Biscayne Bay

Frost Museum of Science Next to Biscayne Bay

Since our last update two months ago, the Frost Museum of Science is steadily taking shape. 

They have started to add the outside facade to the building and you can get a better idea of what the finish product will look like. 

The museum is expected to open in 2015.

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.