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.
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.
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.
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:
- Brian Keeley, Baptist Health South Florida
- Stephen Owens, Swire Properties
- Jorge A. Plasencia, Republica
- Donna Shalala, University of Miami
- Louis Wolfson, Pinnacle Housing
- Matthew Gorson, Greenberg Traurig
- Judy Zeder, EWM
“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.”
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.
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.
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.
Brickell Magazine featured Friends of The Underline in their March issue in “Encounters With Lafayette 148 New York“. Their write-up includes several photos from an evening of cocktails, shopping and fundraising for The Underline. Attendees were given 20% off of their purchase plus 20% of sales went towards this amazing project that promises to transform Miami. Click here to view the feature in Brickell Mag.
Friends of The Underline was featured in InDoral‘s March issue for its shopping fundraiser with Lafayette 148 New York. The Underline partnered up with the Brickell City Centre retailer to offer guests a wonderful cocktail evening with 20% off of their purchases and 20% of sales going toward The Underline. Click here to for the InDoral feature.
El Nuevo Herald featured The Underline’s FREE UnderFit Yoga classes this month, as part of its best places for free yoga and meditation in Miami. UnderFit Yoga is powered by Baptist Health South Florida and is held every Saturday at 10 a.m. at Brickell City Centre. Adults and kids of all ages and levels are welcome and biking or walking to the class is highly encouraged as a great warm-up to the class. Read the full article in Spanish, here.
Gables Bike Day is set to return to Downtown Coral Gables this spring for its seventh year. The all-day event, which celebrates biking and walking, will run from 12 noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 25th. This year, the focus of the event is to create a safe space for the community to walk and bike. Gables Bike Day will feature bike tours, exercise classes, music, kid bounce houses and a citywide scavenger hunt along with many more surprises. The event will be organized by Bike Walk Coral Gables (BWCG). For more information click here.