Bayfront Festival Park

Duluth, Minnesota
85,000 sf
Master Planning Architecture

The Bayfront Festival Park was designed to represent the rich industrial history of the area and is within walking distance of the central business district, restaurants, retail shops and arts/entertainment venues. The project includes an open-air amphitheater that accommodates 15,000 people, a multi-purpose park and a music pavilion and shelter.

The architecture recalls the forms, colors and materials of the working waterfront. A strong, arched entryway—inspired by Duluth’s famous lift bridge—frames the park and provides a sense of destination for pedestrians. An elevated brick path leads to a large open space in front of a permanent staging area. Bayfront Festival Park is used for a wide variety of events throughout the year including concerts, craft fairs, beer-tasting festivals, the Bentleyville holiday lights display and many more. The size and multi-functionality of the site makes it useable year round.

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