Baptist Health South Florida to Build a Healing Garden in Partnership with The Underline Project

December 15, 2016

Baptist Health South Florida announced December 5th, a partnership with Friends of The Underline to build a Healing Garden adjacent to U.S. 1 near South Miami Hospital’s East Tower Building. The Healing Garden will provide a peaceful area for people to relax, rest and reflect.

“Helping to make our community healthier is at the heart of Baptist Health’s mission,” said Brian Keeley, president and chief executive officer, Baptist Health South Florida. “Our partnership with Friends of The Underline 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.”screen-shot-2016-12-15-at-6-19-26-pm

The Underline is a 10-mile linear park, urban trail and living art destination expected to break ground in Fall, 2017. This multi-year project will have a significant impact on Miami-Dade County. It will change the way the community moves around the city, increase property value, create jobs, attract new users to transit and add over one hundred acres of new open space. As one of Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez’ priorities, the project has received a $3 million commitment from the county and 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.

“We are so thankful to have Baptist Health South Florida as our partner. The commitment to building the Healing Garden at South Miami Hospital, adjacent to the future trail, and open it up to the public demonstrates the community’s steadfast support of The Underline project,” said Meg Daly, chief executive officer and president, Friends of The Underline.

About Baptist Health South Florida: Baptist Health South Florida is the largest healthcare organization in the region, with seven hospitals (Baptist Hospital, Baptist Children’s Hospital, Doctors Hospital, Homestead Hospital, Mariners Hospital, South Miami Hospital and West Kendall Baptist Hospital), nearly 50 outpatient and urgent care facilities, Baptist Health Medical Group, Baptist Health Quality Network and internationally renowned centers of excellence. The not-for-profit, faith-based Baptist Health has approximately 16,000 employees and 2,300 affiliated physicians. Baptist Health South Florida has been recognized as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in America and as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies. For more information, visit BaptistHealth.net and connect with us on Facebook at facebook.com/BaptistHealthSF and on Twitter and Instagram @BaptistHealthSF.

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 and sustainable, mobile, and engaged community. For more information visit www.theunderline.org and Like and Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @theunderlinemia.

Indulge Magazine: Meg Daly Rainmaker

December 11, 2016

screen-shot-2016-12-11-at-11-16-48-amThanks to Indulge Magazine for the gorgeous profile of Friends of The Underline Founder and President Meg Daly who is “driving the train to fund a 10-mile linear park that is set to transform Miami.” It’s appropriate that Meg was featured in the Gifts & Givers section because she works furiously, full-time, for free to give back to her community that has given her and her family so much.

“My family moved here in the 1960s so the Miami we see today is not the Miami they moved to.  They felt that Miami had this open structure that gave you the opportunity to believe in something. They instilled that mantra in me. Today my Dad continues to be an asset to the community, he’s actively involved in The Underline by my side.”

Read and learn more about the visionary behind The Underline here.  

Cultured Magazine: Art Underneath The Underline

November 30, 2016

In Miami, the Metrorail stands atop giant, Brutalist legs. For its entire history, the area underneath has mostly been a desolate stretch of concrete, dirt paths and busy crosswalks, with sparse patches of grass and trees.

This is going to change, however, with the upcoming addition of The Underline, a 10-mile linear park that will snake from South Miami to Brickell.

James Corner Field Operations, the landscape architecture firm who collaborated on the High Line in New York, has developed the master plan for this major project, which will also serve as a frame for art—a 10-mile green corridor quite the opposite of a white cube. A public art program will kick off in January 2017, curated by Miami-Dade County Art in Public Places, and will include local artists Bhakti Baxter, Naomi Fisher, Nicolas Lobo and Agustina Woodgate.

Baxter, known for his expertise in natural geometries, is creating eight unique sculptural planters that will hold succulents, flowers and other native fauna. “I wanted to figure out a way to honor all the travelers who use the Metrorail, and how to bring life to a dead zone that they encounter every day,” says Baxter.

Artist Fisher will create a participatory sculpture that explores contemporary dance—a longtime inspiration for her—and how social media modulates our interaction with the environment. The human-sized sculpture will contain mirrored, anthropomorphically shaped puzzle pieces, with a ballet barre set across them. Lobo will engage the physical body, too: He’s creating a mobile exercise station that will serve as a sculpture for self-improvement. With the sculpture—made from the stainless steel handrails used in the Metrorail—Lobo will explore “how the infrastructure of the city can become the basis of your workout and affect the shape your body takes.”

The works will not only beautify The Underline, they will also provide methods for, and meditations on, self-improvement. Woodgate will be transmitting her RadioEE.net broadcast, featuring live discussions with Metrorail conductors and city officials, as well as performances and live music, all from a 10-seater bicycle. “I am very much interested in establishing a conversation here about what it takes to design a park around a very aggressive transportation system.” Indeed, the four artists will not only turn the area into a space for public art, they will also help drive a dialogue about the 10-year process of building The Underline itself.

JCFO_Underline_Hammock Trail_proposedClick here to see Cultured Magazine’s commissions with artists Bhakti Baxter, Naomi Fisher, Nicolas Lobo and Agustina Woodgate to create a limited-edition work that is relevant to their Underline project available exclusively on Artsy.net/culturedmagazine.

Give Miami Day 2016: $47,000 in 24 hours

November 19, 2016

image2Miami’s generosity overflowed on Thursday November 16, 2017 during the Miami Foundation’s Give Miami Day, an online platform for 24 hours of giving.

This year, over $9 Million dollars was contributed to more than 600 non-profit organizations.  As Miami Foundation President & CEO Javier Soto said to the Miami Herald last week, “We are crushing it.”  The monumental effort produced this outpouring of philanthropy making our community over $9 Million stronger.

Friends of The Underline board of directors and committee members rallied their friends, families, colleagues and supporters to donate an astounding $47,000, or nearly $2,000/hour, to Friends of The Underline.

Thank you Miami for believing in Friends of The Underline mission and vision to make our community more mobile, engaged, connected, safe and healthy.  We look forward to building a new future together.

Also, thanks to Roslyn “Roz” Berrin, 93 year old Give Miami Day donor, who was one of our latest contributors (11 PM just making her donation before the midnight deadline) and certainly our most mature!  (Pictured here with Friends of The Underline board member Jessi Berrin).

The New Tropic: How Green Spaces Will Transform Miami’s Walkability featuring Meg Daly

November 16, 2016

From today’s New Tropic:

“Miami’s going green, and we’re interviewing the movers and shakers making it happen. First up is Meg Daly, the BA founder and president behind The Underline – a 10-mile linear park below Miami’s Metrorail. The Underline’s goal: Help make Miami, arguably the unsafest metropolitan city to pedestrians and cyclists in the States, walkable and create 120-acres worth of green space. Taking after Atlanta’s Beltline and NYC’s High Line, the initiative is already the fastest moving project of its scope in the world.

How green spaces will transform Miami’s walkability

The Underline Cycling Club Rides November 6th to Ludlam Trail

October 20, 2016

Biking, yoga and healthy food … what better way to spend a Sunday?

Join Friends of The Underline Cycling Club for our monthly free, family-friendly rides to explore our community.  This month, we head south to visit and experience The Underline’s important connection at the future Ludlam Trail.  

Meet up at 9:30 at Coconut Grove Metrorail station, pedals up at 10 AM and we will head to Dadeland North station for yoga, healthy treats from Eggtastic food truck and a status report on The Underline and Ludlam Trails.  Then, return round trip to Coconut Grove station or head out on the future Ludlam Trail.  Sign up here now.  

You can make a tax-deductible contribution of any amount but $10 person is recommended and very much appreciated and will be shared between Friends of The Underline and Friends of the Ludlam Trail. For more information visit www.facebook.com/theunderlinemia or email cycling@theunderline.org.  

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You are Invited to The UnderLounge, Saturday, October 15th from Noon-6 PM at Brickell Metrorail Station!

September 25, 2016

underlounge_flier_sponsors_10-8-2016_3You are invited to The UnderLounge to experience Miami’s transformative new linear park with a fun, FREE festival for all ages!

Friends of The Underline Young Professionals Organization presents:
The UnderLounge
Saturday, October 15th, Noon-6 PM
Brickell Metrorail Station, 1001 SW 1st Avenue
Sign up Now on Eventbrite.  

Music: The Underlounge will feature live music performances that will give visitors a preview of the potential of the upcoming Underline. Focused on local talent, The UnderLounge has selected a dynamic set of artists that fully represent South Florida’s artistic and creative diversity with support of DJ Blaze Carreras throughout the whole event.

12 PM Live Acoustic Music & Ansa Yoga Session
1 PM DJ BLAZE
1:30 PM Neopolitan
2:30 PM DJ BLAZE
3 PM Magic City Hippies
4 PM DJ BLAZE
4:30 PM Keith Johns & Band
5:30 PM DJ BLAZE

Kids & Family Activities: The UnderLounge’s Kids and Family section will have a face painter, balloon animals, caricature artist, arts and crafts and story telling.

12 PM Balloon animals, Arts & Crafts
1 PM Balloon animals, Caricature artists, Arts & Crafts
3 PM Balloon animals, Face Painter, Arts & Crafts
4 PM Story Telling including Dr. Seuss, Kitten’s First Full Moon, Where the Wild Things Are
5 PM Balloon Animals, Arts & Crafts

Get Your Sweat On: Our fitness section will host a yoga class f.  We will also have bootcamp class hosted by Bad Brad & Coach NYM’s Parkinson’s awareness group.  You can also shoot hoops and win prizes at our three-point and free-throw contests.

12 PM Yoga featuring live acoustic tunes from jazz singer, Jahzel Dotel, and Berklee trained Spanish guitarist, Michel Gonzalez
1 PM Basketball 3-point contest
2 PM Bad Brad’s Bootcamp for National Parkinsons Foundation
3 PM Basketball 3-point contest
4 PM Basketball Free Throw contest
5 PM Open Court

Tail-wagging Fun: Bring your four-legged furries to the UnderLounge Dog Park which will feature a costume contest, doggie jacuzzi, dog café, adoptions, tricks, treats and more.

12 PM Adopt-A-Pet
1 PM Dog Training
2 PM Dog Jacuzzi
3 PM Dog Cafe
4 PM Costume Contest
5 PM Adopt-A-Pet
6 PM Dog Training

Something For Everyone:
World’s longest mini-golf hole
Huge interactive chalk art mandala
Pop-up dog park
Pet costume contest
Face painting
Caricature artist
Balloon animals
Kids play
Fitness classes
Yoga
Music with DJ Blaze
Music with Neopolitan and Keith Johns
Featuring Magic City Hippies

Travel Smart:
Take Metrorail, bike, walk or take Lyft.

Thanks to our supporters:
Knight Foundation
8 80 Cities
Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation & Open Spaces
Miami-Dade County Department of Transportation and Public Works
City of Miami
and Media Sponsor Social Buzz TV

And our sponsors:

Plaza Construction
Bilzin Sumberg
Hogan Lovells
Tonkinson Financial
Miami Children’s Health System
Zeder Team
McKenzie Construction
Colliers
Stephanie Ansin & Spencer Stewart
Lyft
EWM International
Christopher Adeleke Premier Properties
Blackbird Ordinary
Swire Properties & Brickell City Centre
Tuuci
Brickell Living
Baptist Health South Florida
Miami Diaper Bank
La Prima Casa Montessori School 

 

Note: Admission is free but a tax-deductible donation to Friends of The Underline is much apprecaited and will support our many community activities and events. Friends of The Underline is a 501C3 non-profit and donations are deductible to the extent of the law. You can also donate here.

Publix Super Markets Charities Donates $50,000 to Support The Underline

September 23, 2016

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 $50,000 donation from Publix Super Markets Charities.

The money will be earmarked for the “Brickell Backyard” portion of the project, the first phase slated for construction, which will include a series of park-like “rooms” for commuters that are tied together by a series of parks and punctuated by trails for cyclists and pedestrians.

Publix has two grocery stores in the Brickell area, both of which are conveniently located near the planned route of The Underline.

“Publix Super Markets Charities is proud to support The Underline and it’s unique vision for Miami’s Metrorail,” said Kelly Williams-Puccio, executive director, Publix Super Markets Charities. “This project will provide an exciting new opportunity for people to connect, provide access to safe park space, encourage a healthy lifestyle and generate economic growth and we are thrilled to be an early supporter and partner in this effort.”

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.

“Publix Super Markets contribution to Friends of The Underline demonstrates their alignment with our goal of creating a healthier, more mobile community. And, with the Mary Brickell Village and Coral Way stores directly facing the future Underline, we look forward to them being physically part of The Underline’s impact and fabric,” said Meg Daly, president and CEO of Friends of The Underline.

publix-2The Knight Foundation recently announced The Underline as a winner of the Knight Cities Challenge, a competition that seeks new ideas from innovators and how they plan to improve the future of their city. Ground-breaking for the “Brickell Backyard” Underline plan is planned for fall 2017.

Cassa Grove Apartments are coming to The Underline

September 22, 2016

More development is being announced along the future Underline.  Today’s South Florida Business Journal announces a joint venture between three developers aims to build the Cassa Grove apartment building in the gateway to Miami’s trendy Coconut Grove.

screen-shot-2016-09-22-at-12-40-06-pmThe application for the 116-unit project was recently filed with the city and is expected to be heard by the Urban Design Review Board on Oct. 5. It would rise on the 37,561-square-foot site at 2900 and 2940 S.W. 28th Lane — about a block from the Coconut Grove Metrorail Station.

“Cassa Grove blends into this new urbanism by providing a public plaza to access The Underline, Miami’s unique new urban park running underneath the Metro from Brickell to Dadeland South, which runs adjacent to the project,” said Tomas Possenti, an executive with MEC Development.

The Underline Cycling Club Free October Ride

September 18, 2016

It’s time to ride with The Underline Cycling Club’s free, family-friendly bike ride…

On October 2nd we will explore Underline Connections to the north with a bike ride from Coconut Grove Metrorail station to Alice Wainwright Park where we’ll hear about Plan Z from Bernard Zyscovich. Then we’ll head over to the Miami River to learn about what’s going on with the Miami River Greenway.  You can return roundtrip to Coconut Grove or ride with us over the river to Wynwood for a free lunch courtesy Zyscovich Architects at Mana Wynwood.  Sign up now on Eventbrite.    tucc_oct2flyer