The Underline Painting Party Postponed

May 17, 2018

Dear Friends,

We regret that because rain is forecast for this Saturday 5/19/18,  Friends of The Underline has decided to postpone The Underline Painting Party event. We truly appreciate the support and enthusiasm for this event and we will let you know as soon as we reschedule with our community partners. Thank you.

– The Underline Team

Wired: The Vehicle of the Future Has Two Wheels, Handlebars, and Is a Bike

May 16, 2018

Self-driving cars or hyperloop tunnels? Who will win the race to be the most innovative transportation solution for urban living? This writer from Wired is betting on 100-year old technology … the bike. Find out how the humble 2-wheel contraption has been shaped and shifted to meet our lifestyle demands and how it’s competing with some of the most expensive transportation technology being planned and tested today. As drivers become riders, these bicycles are more efficient requiring less space, less roads (and we are all about that.) Read up on how the bicycle is changing the name of the transit game here.

Underline Update from our CEO

May 1, 2018

We are pleased to share the exciting progress of The Underline project.  Miami-Dade County Transportation and Public Works Department in partnership with Friends of The Underline have made rapid progress in advancing this transformative 10-mile transportation, recreational and public space initiative.

Championed by Mayor Carlos Gimenez, The Underline’s first phase Brickell Backyard has received notice to proceed for the construction phase from the Florida Department of Transportation. This phase, when completed, will extend from the Miami River to Coral Way and it will feature two trails, one for pedestrians and one for bicyclists, an outdoor gym for both basketball, soccer, plus stretching and strengthening equipment, a dog friendly area, group exercise park, performance stage, communal and gaming tables, food concessions, bike parking, and public art.  Additionally the intersections/crossings at SW 7th, 8th and 13th Streets will be enhanced to improve cyclist and pedestrian safety.

Miami-Dade County will be leading the construction phase of The Underline and will advertise for competitive bids in May with the goal of beginning construction by the end of the year.

Phase II of the project from Coral Way to SW 19th Avenue will begin advertising for a design build team on the 3rd quarter of this year. This 2.14 mile segment will feature the two trails running through the Roads, Vizcaya and Silver Bluff neighborhoods. A public meeting notice will be sent to solicit community input on this trail segment.  Crossings at SW 16th, 17th and 19th Avenues will be improved for enhanced user safety and will be implemented by our partner FDOT.

Make sure to follow @theunderlinemia and visit our website regularly for more project updates soon.

Brickellista Files: The Underline’s Young Professionals Organization Hosts Underline Social

April 27, 2018

Friends of The Underline was featured in Miami lifestyle hub, Brickellista Files, for its second #UnderlineSocial of 2018. The free event is organized by The Underline’s Young Professionals Organization and is slated for Thursday, May 3rd at Miami hot spot, Casa Florida. At the event, RSVP’s will get a first-hand update from The Underline founder, CEO & President Meg Daly, and learn about ways they can support the project. To read more, click here.

The Underline Cycling Club: Little Havana Ride

April 17, 2018

The Underline will host a fun-filled late spring cycling ride to Little Havana. On Sunday, May 6th at 9:30AM, cyclists will embark on a scenic route from the Douglas Road Metrorail Station to the famed Ball & Chain in Little Havana, where attendees can enjoy nibbles and refreshments while taking in the historical and fun ambience of Calle Ocho 

For more information and to sign up, please visit Eventbrite: https://bit.ly/2qr32AC or email cycling@theunderline.org 

Donor Spotlight on Jorge Plasencia

April 9, 2018

This month, our Donor Spotlight is on Jorge A. Plasencia, Friends of The Underline Board of Trustee member and co-founder, chairman and CEO of Republica, a leading advertising and communications agency in South Florida. Jorge and the Republica team have spearheaded efforts to improve Underline brand positioning and marketing assets to better communicate The project’s galvanizing story. “As a native Miamian, I believe a key component our city has  been missing is a central park. The Underline will become Miami’s park… the one place where people and communities will come together like never before”, says Jorge, “The Underline is one of Miami’s most transformational projects in our lifetime.” Friends of The Underline appreciates the many donors and volunteers  who like Jorge support this soon to be world-class facility.

SoMi Magazine: More Trees Please!

April 3, 2018

Designing a trail with you! Following numerous public meetings and countless community voices that spoke up about the future 10-mile linear trail hitting Miami in 2018, #TheUnderline team and designers listened and agreed: more trees. This month’s SoMi Magazine article focuses on the need for more trees, native species and green areas along The Underline and how this idea stems from an active community that loves this project just as much as we do. Read more here.

Friends of The Underline Taps South Florida Business and Community Leaders to Join Board of Trustees

April 3, 2018

Brian Keeley, Stephen Owens, Jorge Plasencia, Donna Shalala, Louis Wolfson, Matthew Gorson and Judy Zeder Put Their Commitment Behind Transformative Project 

Miami, Fla. (April 3, 2018) – Friends of The Underline (FUL), a 501C3 non-profit organization advocating to transform the underutilized land below Miami’s Metrorail into a 10-mile linear park, urban trail and canvas for artistic expression, today announced that six of Miami’s most prominent business and community leaders have joined the organization’s board of trustees.

Those joining include:

“We are honored this group of incredible leaders has agreed to join our board and help turn this project from an idea into a reality,” said Meg Daly, CEO of Friends of The Underline.  “Their commitment validates the importance this project has on Miami’s future and the opportunities it presents.”

The Underline’s Board of Trustees will support the Board of Directors and staff by leveraging their community and business expertise to provide guidance, oversight and recommendations relating to operations, fundraising, government relations and other issues.

FUL Board of Trustees member Brian Keeley says, “Like the Atlanta Beltline, The Underline will be a game changer with a positive impact on public health, connectivity and social equity.”

The Underline’s Phase I, Brickell Backyard, is fully funded with construction set to begin by the end of 2018.  Phase II from the Brickell neighborhood to SW 19th Avenue  (2.14 miles) is also funded and will begin design in 2019. Most recently, the project received up to $15 million in funding from the city of Coral Gables that will come from impact fees making the total construction funding commitments over $60 million.

FUL Chief Development Officer Amy Rosenberg adds, “One of the most critical moments in Miami’s history will unfold this fall with the construction of the first phase of The Underline.  This extraordinary group of leaders will be instrumental in bringing the vision of The Underline to life by helping to build an endowment protecting and preserving this beautiful park for generations.”

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About Friends of the Underline

Friends of The Underline is a 501C3 non-profit organization advocating to transform the underutilized land below Miami’s Metrorail into a 10-mile linear park, urban trail and canvas for artistic expression to create a safer, healthier, more connected, mobile and engaged community. The Underline will be open to all and serve all with amenities and art that will connect people to place and each other.

Luxe Daily: A New Park With Urban Trails Is Coming To Miami

April 2, 2018

Friends of The Underline was recently featured in Luxe Daily, in the Architecture & Design piece of this web publication. With insight into how this project came about, the article focuses on art along The Underline – one of the main pillars of this 10 mile linear trail and world-class destination. The Underline has successfully featured pop-up exhibitions by local artists such as Agustina Woodgate and Bhakti Baxter, with the vision and promise to house more permanent and temporary art pieces along the corridor. Read more here.

 

Midtown Miami Magazine: The Underline Hosts Spring Cycling

March 14, 2018

On Tuesday, March 13th, The Underline was featured in Midtown Miami Magazine for its upcoming bike ride spearheaded by The Underline Cycling Club powered by Baptist Health South Florida. The April 7th bike ride will explore The Underline’s connections to future and existing destinations in Miami. The ride starts at Dadeland North Metrorail Station at 11 a.m., and will continue to Lummus Park for the Miami River Day Festival. Upon arrival, cyclists will enjoy dozens of snack options, historic tours and activities on the river! To view the full article, click here.