Lonely Planet: Miami is developing a ten-mile urban park just like New York’s popular High Line

September 27, 2017

Thanks Lonely Planet for the compliment that The Underline will be just like the spectacular urban park the High Line in New York:

Yes, we do have similarities:
1. We share the same award-winning design team, James Corner Field Operations
2. The Underline is be linear like the High Line, but The Underline will be 4x longer.
3. We feature native vegetation and reforestation of the urban core.
4. We have engaging, community building exercise and performance art entertainment.
5. We have an outdoor gallery of temporary and permanent artwork.

But we also have differences:
1. The Underline is at ground level and the High Line is elevated.
2. The Underline is 100′ wide and the High Line is 30′ wide
3. The Underline has an urban trail for pedestrians, bicyclists, skateboarders and more.
4. The Underline has street crossings, the High Line does not.
5. The Underline is warm year ’round … it gets pretty chilly in NYC during the winter!

Here’s what LP has to say about The Underline: “Miami is poised to become the next city to transform an -utilized urban corridor into a public green space where locals and visitors alike can walk, bike and enjoy being outside.” Read more here.

Travel + Leisure: Miami’s Next Best Outdoor Destination

September 27, 2017

Sept. 3, 2017

We were blown away (and truly humbled and honored) when Travel + Leisure pronounced “The Miami Underline Looks Like It Will Be the City’s Next Best Outdoor Destination”.  Read more about why Travel + Leisure thinks The Underline will transform Miami for residents and visitors alike.

“A brand new, urban park is coming to Miami.

The Underline, a 10-mile project that will connect South Miami, Coral Gables, and downtown, is already ongoing under the elevated Metrorail.

Designed by the same designer of the High Line in New York City, the park is planned to be, first and foremost, an urban trail to help be a transportation solution for many Miami residents. The bicycle and pedestrian will connect from the southern neighborhoods to downtown Miami and other destinations as well as be a link between those neighborhoods and the central spine, creating in a regional network of trails.”

To read more, click here.

Underline Progress Update January-August 2017

August 27, 2017

In partnership with Miami-Dade County’s Transportation and Public Works Department and the 501C3 non-profit Friends of The Underline, an amazing amount of progress has been made on the 10-mile linear park and urban trail this year. Many people have asked for a recap of this year’s events. Since so much has happened, we have put the events into a schedule to summarize. Email us anytime at info@theunderline.org if you would like more information or if you have comments.

Friends of The Underline advocates for public and private dollars for activation and events, design, construction and ongoing maintenance of the future facility. All government construction grants for the project are directed to Miami-Dade County, not Friends of The Underline. Our organization receives only private grants and donations and we rely on our supporters to donate and volunteer to help us continue operations, events and pay design fees. Please visit TheUnderline.org to donate and/or volunteer.

JANUARY 2017

Public Meeting Brickell Backyard 30% design presentations. Designed by award-winning James Corner Field Operations, The Underline’s Brickell Backyard (from the Miami River to Coral Way) 30% design proposals were presented at a public meeting at Southside Elementary. You can see the design proposals here plus the public and agency comments and responses here.

Temporary art installations unveiled. Curated by Miami Dade County Art in Public Places and funded by a generous ArtPlace America grant, four temporary art installations were placed along The Underline inviting public engagement and interaction. The installations were featured in publications across the country. See more details and press roundup here.

Underline Cycling Club Rides take place throughout the year. Each ride is free to the public, begins on the current MPath and has a destination to a neighboring community. Rides are supported by a Baptist Health South Florida grant. Find and sign up for rides on Eventbrite.

MARCH 2017

Events.  Of the many events we produced this year, UnderLounge & Bike 305 Bike The Underline was one of the most popular. With free live music, food, exercise and art classes and more, there was something for everyone of the 500 attendees. Thanks to our Young Professionals who sponsored this fun day!

Construction Studies. Brickell Backyard environmental, geotechnical and utility surveys underway.

APRIL 2017

Accolades. The Underline was chosen as one of Fast Company’s World Changing ideas.

Partnership. Friends of The Underline and the Nature Conservancy announce their partnership. Read about it here.

Exercise Programming. Underline bi-monthly Yoga classes at Brickell City Centre begin supported by a Baptist Health South Florida grant. Find Yoga classes on Eventbrite.

MAY 2017

State of Florida funding. With the leadership of Senator Rene Garcia and Representative Jose “Felix” Diaz, and hundreds of letters from Underline supporters, The Underline project received a $5 Million appropriation from the State of Florida legislature. These funds are directed to Miami-Dade County for construction and are in addition to 2016 SunTrail grants and a $2 Million appropriation for a total of over $11 million from the State of Florida. Read more here.

JUNE 2017

Health Impact Assessment commissioned. Underline Health Advisory commissions Health Impact Assessment to ensure The Underline optimizes community health. See the final report here.

Brickell Backyard design advances. The design advances to 60% design with review by Miami Dade County Transportation & Public Works, Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces, TPO, DERM, City of Miami, Miami River Commission, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden and more.

High Line Network. The Underline joins the High Line network, a group of 19 industrial reuse projects in North America that are rethinking our public places.  Read about the projects and the coalition here.

AUGUST 2017

South Miami Hospital reveals plans to build a Healing Garden next to the future Underline.  Construction will begin in 2018. See plans in SoMi Magazine.

OTHER

Many people have asked about proposed crosswalk improvements along US1. As one of the most dangerous places to walk and bike in the US, our crosswalk proposals require substantial modifications to all crossings to improve public safety.

The minimum interventions we propose are: realign path approach to improve visibility and orientation; early indicators for approaching path users, high impact markings and elevation change; minimum 6 foot buffer from US1 travel lanes and crosswalk; widen crosswalks to 18 feet; no right hand turn on red for cross street right turn movement and; leading pedestrian interval for Underline crossing. Find a visual depiction Underline proposed modifications here. To see FDOT’s early study of all crosswalks along the Underline from the Miami River to Dadeland South, click here and here.

Thank you, Friends of The Underline Board of Directors and Trustees. (To see our members click here).

Underline Cycling Club Sept. 3rd free bike ride to Museum Park

August 23, 2017

ANNOUNCING FALL CYCLING CLUB RIDES POWERED BY BAPTIST HEALTH SOUTH FLORIDA

The Underline, a planned 10-mile linear park space and world class urban trail in Miami, will kick off its fall bike rides to explore The Underline’s connections to future and existing destinations in Miami on Sunday, September 3 at 9:30 AM. The public is invited to meet at the Coconut Grove Metrorail Station for a 10 AM departure to cycle one way 6.5 miles to Museum Park or 13 miles round trip. At Museum Park, riders will enjoy refreshments and the chance to win FREE passes to the new Phillip & Patricia Frost Museum of Science. Before riders make their way back, they will be treated to a five-minute special talk from Jorge Perez Gallego, the Curator of Astronomy at the Frost Science Museum. Michael Comras, the president and chief executive officer of the Comras Company, a Miami Beach-based commercial real estate development firm, will also share the vision of connecting the community with transit-oriented and sustainable development from Coconut Grove to South Miami. To RSVP to The Underline’s September bike ride, please click here. Sign up soon on Eventbrite for the October 1st bike ride to Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden and the November 5th ride to Merrick Park Farmers Market.

About The Underline: The Underline is a planned 10-mile urban trail, linear neighborhood park and living art destination that will span from the Miami River, north of Brickell Metrorail station, to Dadeland South transforming the previous pedestrian walkway and bike path under the Metrorail into a thriving space of natural habitats, world-class walking, running and biking facilities, inviting exercise zones and a blank canvas for local artists to contribute murals, sculptures, installations and performance art. The Underline will be built in phases, the first of which will begin in the Brickell area. For more information visit, www.theunderline.org and/or follow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @theunderlinemia.

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.

Business Insider & DesignBoom: The Underline is set to transform Miami’s metropath into a 10-mile linear park

August 11, 2017

Following in the footsteps of New York’s High Line and Seoul’s SkygardenMiami is set to build a linear park of its own that will transform the land beneath part of the city’s Metrorail. Named ‘The Underline’, the scheme is the brainchild of Meg Daly who, after breaking both her arms in 2013, walked under the elevated Metrorail as she was unable to drive. even though it was summer, Daly noticed that she didn’t feel hot in the shade of the tracks and saw potential in the expansive urban corridor.

Developed by James Corner Field OperationsThe Underline’s master plan will see the area of land below Miami’s Metrorail from Brickell to Dadeland transformed into a 10-mile linear park, urban trail, and living art destination. The master plan also includes recommendations for lighting, way-finding, seating, and amenities, as well as improvements to existing crosswalks and intersections. the modifications will ensure that the park is well-connected to current transit networks and serves as a gateway to adjacent communities.

In addition to biking and walking paths, the first phase of the project proposes an outdoor gym with basketball court, a performance stage, an outdoor swing, gaming tables, communal tables, a bike parking garage, food concessions, native vegetation, lighting, and seating. ranging from 70 to 170 feet in width (21-52 meters), The Underline spans between Brickell Avenue, Miami’s fast-growing financial district, and the Dadeland South Metrorail Station, which serves one of the country’s highest grossing malls.

The Underline – SOMI Magazine Update with Meg Daly

August 11, 2017

Ooohm Coming Soon
Next to The Underline

The Underline is the name given to THE project to create a 10-mile urban trail and linear park from the Miami River to Dadeland South.

We are excited to share the plans for South Miami Hospital’s Healing Garden coming soon next to the future Underline in South Miami.  Located adjacent to the future urban trail in the hospital’s East Tower Building, the idea of the Healing Garden grew from Baptist Health South Florida’s partnership with Friends of The Underline and “will help to advance our shared goal of promoting health and well-being in South Florida by providing inviting spaces for our community to enjoy.  Specifically we hope the Healing Garden at South Miami Hospital will become an urban oasis of peace and tranquility,“ says Brian Keeley, president and chief executive officer, Baptist Health South Florida.

The target date for the Garden’s completion is early 2018 with construction taking place this fall.  “Expect a lush open, tranquil space with native vegetation that will be open to the public for yoga, educational health programs, or just a moment of peace during your busy day,” says Lincoln Mendez, chief executive officer, South Miami Hospital.

Improving community health, with a focus on active transportation and fitness programming, is one of the key goals of The Underline. That’s why Friends of The Underline board member Jessi Berrin says, “The Underline is a game-changer for the South Florida community.  By transforming 10-miles of underutilized land below Metrorail into a linear park and urban trail, residents will move more, play more and will be healthier and more connected to community and each other.”

WHAT’S NEXT: To support The Underline efforts, you can donate any amount at TheUnderline.org. 
All donations are tax deductible and greatly appreciated!

JOIN US: Sign up on Eventbrite for UnderFit Yoga powered by Baptist Health South Florida free yoga classes every other Saturday at Brickell City Centre and The Underline Cycling Club bike rides the first Sunday of every month beginning in September.

Friends of The Underline a 501(c)(3) non-profit advocating to transform the underutilized land below Miami’s Metrorail into a 10-mile linear park, urban trail and canvas for artistic expression are gearing up for a busy year full of fun activities and events to keep the community exciting about the future Underline.

Planted in Miami: A Collision of Ideas

July 22, 2017

After self-proclaimed native, Meg Daly, broke both of her elbows in a biking accident and was forced to slow down and smell the asphalt on her walking commute to physical therapy, she got a crazy idea. Transform the unused space underneath the Metrorail into a 10 mile linear park, urban trail and living art destination called, The Underline. You might say it’s Miami’s response or ode to New York’s immensely popular, The High Line, flipped upside down.

In this interview, we talk about who was the first person she told about her “crazy idea” and how she went from never having been involved in the community to overseeing a $120 million project and what the future holds for creative public spaces in Miami. We are very excited about The Underline, the business opportunities and jobs it will create, the art and culture it will invite people to interact with and once you know more about this highly anticipated project, you will be too.

Jeanette and Alex of Planted in Miami.

Listen here now.

The Underline is a Member of the High Line Network

June 24, 2017

The Underline is proud to be a member of the High Line Network.  All projects in the network reclaim infrastructure and reimagine it as public space. Projects were chosen based on alignment with the network’s mission, commitment of leadership to network activities, and geographic representation. While the initial focus of the network is on North American projects, the group will eventually expand to include international projects

Read more about the 11th Street Bridge Park in Washington DC, another network member project, in Architectural Record’s Civic Lesson: New Social Infrastructure. 

Cities are finding new ways to invest in social infrastructure, helping to bridge gaps among diverse socioeconomic groups and foster a greater sense of community.

Of all President Trump’s campaign promises, the proposal to invest $1 trillion in infrastructure was one of the few to appeal to Republicans and Democrats alike. That level of spending would have dramatically reversed decades of dwindling public investment in the country’s roads, transit, and utilities. Now that scale of investment is less likely than ever, given the reality of the cuts the President called for in the budget he sent to Congress, and the wrangling over spending that will unfold on Capitol Hill. But all the attention on major infrastructure needs clouded other concerns about the built environment.

More than bridges and airports need updating. The assumption that infrastructure only means pouring concrete and laying fiber is outdated. In the past, infrastructure sought to connect people across great distances and provide basic amenities for everyone. Today, proximity and access are not enough to cross the chasms of race, economic class, and new social boundaries like media bubbles and deeply partisan politics.

The need for “soft” or civic infrastructure in our cities and communities has never been greater. It comes at a time when declining social capital has left much of America divided, suspicious, and aloof. Today, one-third of people report having no interactions with their neighbors, and average Americans spend up to five hours a day watching television. The share of the population that says, “Most people can be trusted” has fallen from a majority in the 1970s to about one-third. And income inequality and wage stagnation have decimated the middle class, further dividing society into haves and have-nots.

Read more here.

The Underline Commissions Health Impact Assessment to Improve Framework and Impact of Groundbreaking Miami Transit Project

June 8, 2017

Study conducted by Georgia Health Policy Center and funded by the Health Foundation of South Florida will be used to improve health and wellness outcomes

Miami, Fla. (June 7, 2017) – The Underline, a planned project to transform the underutilized land below Miami’s Metrorail into a 10-mile linear park, urban trail and living art destination, is likely to have positive impacts on physical activity, social connectivity and traffic exposure, according to a recently completed Health Impact Assessment (HIA).

HIAs are a systematic process that use an array of data sources, analytic methods and input from stakeholders to determine the potential effects of a proposed project on the health of a population and make recommendations for managing and documenting those effects.  The Underline’s HIA was sponsored by the Health Foundation of South Florida and conducted by the Georgia Health Institute. It provides a thorough look into the project’s framework plan and how it could impact the health and wellness of Miami’s surrounding communities.

Among the key takeaways, the study showed the project has a high potential to increase physical activity and social connections — two of the strongest protective factors against chronic diseases such as diabetes, hypertension and heart failure.   In order to realize its true potential, the HIA also determined priority recommendations that would help increase use of The Underline and decrease exposure to traffic related hazards along the corridor.  These included making sure there was appropriate pedestrian and bicycle access to the linear trail from surrounding neighborhoods, linking to transit, creating valuable programs and recreational features and designing useable trails combined with community and public spaces.

With these valuable findings from the HIA, The Underline’s board of directors, partners and stakeholders will incorporate the learnings into future designs. The full HIA can be accessed by visiting www.theunderline.org.

Once completed, The Underline will be anchored on the north by the Miami River near Brickell Avenue and on the south end by the Dadeland South Metrorail Station. As one of Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez’ priorities, the project is a public/ private collaboration between Miami-Dade Parks, Miami-Dade Transportation and Public Works and Friends of The Underline, a 501C3 non-profit organization.  The Underline will serve as an enhanced mobility corridor, designed to better connect communities, improve pedestrian and bicyclist safety, and promote a healthier lifestyle with accessible green spaces and park amenities for exercise, active transportation and relaxation.

The project will also have substantial economic impact by encouraging mixed use development along US 1, increasing property values, adding jobs and inviting adjacent businesses to activate and connect to it. In total, The Underline is anticipated to bring an additional $170 million in total economic output during construction and $50 million annually after completion and over $650 million in increased property values. The project is part of the county’s Masterplan Greenway network that consists of 500 miles of trails and connected public spaces.

The Underline was recently selected as one Fast Company’s world-changing ideas for 2017 and is a past recipient of the Knight Foundation’s Knight Cities Challenge, a competition that seeks new ideas from innovators and how they plan to improve the future of their city.

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.

Atton Brickell Miami Donates $25,000 to Support The Underline

June 3, 2017

MIAMI, June 1, 2017 – The Underline, a planned project to transform the underutilized land below Miami’s Metrorail into a 10-mile linear park, urban trail and living art destination, today announced a $25,000 donation from Atton Brickell Miami hotel.

The money will be earmarked for the “Brickell Backyard Hammock Trail” portion of the project adjacent to Simpson Park. The first phase slated for construction in Spring 2018, will include a series of park-like “rooms” for commuters that are tied together by a succession of parks and punctuated by trails for cyclists and pedestrians.

The 12-story Atton Brickell Miami overlooks Simpson Park and is located across the street from the planned project. The property is Atton Hotel’s first and only U.S. flagship property and features 275 guest rooms and suites with views of Brickell’s skyline and Biscayne Bay. The property also includes 5,000 square feet of meeting space, a rooftop pool with cabanas, a Vista bar with cocktails and tapas, a gym, Uva bar and a Peruvian inspired restaurant, Lima.

Once completed, The Underline 10-mile linear park, urban trail and living art destination, will be anchored on the north by the Miami River near Brickell Avenue and on the south end by the Dadeland South Metrorail Station. As one of Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez’ priorities, the project is a public/ private collaboration between Miami-Dade Parks, Miami-Dade Transportation and Public Works and Friends of The Underline, a 501C3 non-profit organization.  The Underline will serve as an enhanced mobility corridor, designed to better connect communities, improve pedestrian and bicyclist safety, and promote a healthier lifestyle with accessible green spaces and park amenities for exercise, active transportation and relaxation.

The project will also have substantial economic impact by encouraging mixed use development along US 1, increasing property values, adding jobs and inviting adjacent businesses to activate and connect to it. In total, The Underline is anticipated to bring an additional $170 million in total economic output during construction and $50 million annually after completion and over $650 million in increased property values. The project is part of the county’s Masterplan Greenway network that consists of 500 miles of trails and connected public spaces.

The Underline was recently selected as one Fast Company’s world-changing ideas for 2017 and is a past recipient of the Knight Foundation’s Knight Cities Challenge, a competition that seeks new ideas from innovators and how they plan to improve the future of their city.

 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.  For more information visit www.theunderline.org and Like and Follow Friends of The Underline on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @theunderlinemia.

About Atton Hotel: Founded in Santiago, Chile, in 2000, Atton Hotels is a Latin American hotel chain focused primarily on the business travel market, offering proximity to business areas with access to modern facilities and quality services at attractive rates. Atton Hotels currently owns, operates and develops hotels in Chile, Colombia, Peru and in its first US outpost located in Brickell, Miami. The brand opened its doors to the U.S. market, by way of Atton Brickell Miami hotel, attracted by the city’s ties to Latin America and growing international business community.  For more information, please visit: www.atton.com