The Nature Conservancy and Friends of The Underline announce partnership to help create greenspace beneath Miami’s Metrorail

April 4, 2017

(Miami, FL) April 4, 2017 – The Nature Conservancy and Friends of The Underline announce a partnership to support the transformation of The Underline. The Conservancy, dedicated to protecting and restoring nature, and Friends of The Underline, advocating to transform the underutilized land below Miami’s Metrorail into a 10-mile neighborhood park and urban trail, are collaborating to expand and revitalize Miami’s urban greenspace for a sustainable future.

The Conservancy is active within the Miami metro area on projects that include restoration of natural habitat and greening of city spaces, tree plantings, protection of rare ecosystems, and efforts to enable people and nature to thrive together within urban settings. Working with local community groups, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies, the Conservancy aims to improve quality of life for area residents through nature’s benefits and functional natural systems, helping to create green urban oases for people, native plants and wildlife.

Friends of the Underline are focused on 100+ acres that will become a welcoming world-class urban trail and living art destination, with recreational opportunities and gardens. The Underline, which is expected to break ground Spring 2018, will attach to the Miami River Greenway and proposed Ludlam trail to provide 22 miles of connected greenspace and trails for bicyclists and pedestrians. Friends of The Underline are advocating for transformation and working with federal, state, county and municipal agencies and other funders to help achieve the greenway vision.

“This is a well-aligned collaboration between two organizations poised to achieve transformative results for people and nature,” said Temperince Morgan, Executive Director, The Nature Conservancy in Florida. “We’re looking toward the future for Miami and are eager to begin work with Friends of The Underline.”

“We are honored to collaborate with the Nature Conservancy as we both invest in a sustainable future for our city,” said Meg Daly, Founder and President, Friends of The Underline. “We believe that parks and vibrant public spaces that are accessible to all are the heart and soul of a growing, more connected community.”

The Conservancy is committed to several projects in Miami-Dade, including a multi-partner restoration of degraded areas along Wagner Creek. Most recently, the Conservancy engaged the local community in hands-on nature and completed a tree planting benefiting air quality, providing shade, creating habitat for wildlife, and adding natural beauty to the neighborhood. With the Underline and partners, the Conservancy will work to support a park experience that encourages people to get outdoors in the newly renovated space as well as educates park-goers about nature.

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. The Underline project will feature dedicated bike and pedestrian paths, amenities, art, lighting, native vegetation as well as safety features and improvements at road crossings. The Underline will be built in phases, the first of which will begin in the Brickell area. The Underline will be open to all and serve all with amenities and art that connect people to place and each other.

The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at unprecedented scale, and helping make cities more sustainable. Working in more than 65 countries, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit nature.org/florida. In Florida since 1961, with support from our members, we have helped protect more than 1.2 million acres of vulnerable lands and waters across the state. We own and manage more than 52,000 acres in 25 Conservancy preserves in Florida.

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

Fast Company: The Underline is selected as a World-Changing idea for 2017

April 2, 2017

Fast Company’s first-ever world-changing ideas awards drew more than a thousand submissions in 12 categories. The Underline was selected as one of the 192 entries that reached the final round of judging and was an honoree for a World-Changing Idea for 2017 in urban design.  Congratulations to the winners and honorees. Friends of The Underline and James Corner Field Operations are humbled to be surrounded by such a brilliant group of visionaries. For the complete list of World-changing ideas, click here.

March 11th: UnderLounge & Bike 305 Bike The Underline

February 12, 2017

Join Friends of The Underline YPO for a free festival celebrating biking and community at the UnderLounge powered by Baptist Health South Florida
Saturday, March 11th Noon-4 PM
Brickell Metrorail Station, 1001 SW 1st Avenue

UNDERBEATS: Live music by Elastic Bond, RioALuna, and grammy-nominated Afro-cuban Funk band, PALO!. DJ Zilla will be spinning tunes between sets, keeping the fun going all afternoon.

12:00 – 1:00 pm: Elastic Bond
1:00 – 1:30 pm: sets by DJ Zilla
1:45 – 2:45 pm: PALO!
3:00 – 4:00 pm: RioALuna

UNDERFITNESS: Our temporary outdoor gym will offer Yoga, Zumba, Bootcamp and a kids Bike Rodeo that will make you want to dance, stretch and kick some butt! Sponsored by Baptist Health. See schedule below:

12:15 – 12:45pm: Yoga
1:00 – 1:30pm: Kids Bike Rodeo
1:45 – 2:15pm: Bootcamp
2:30 – 3:00pm: Yoga
3:15 – 3:45pm: Zumba

UNDEREATS: Come try delicious food from a wonderful selection of local vendors including Perricone’s Marketplace & Cafe, Italian Pizzetta, Drunken Dragon, Vice City Bean and Paleta305. Also FREE beer pours from The Tank Brewing, Co. Be sure to bring your furry friends along for a Doggie Tasting of organic treats by Pet Wants Miami.

UNDERSTYLE: The Underline will partner with Miami’s hottest fitness, lifestyle and cycling designers for “Cycle Chic” Miami’s first fashion show on bicycles. On Saturday, March 11th at 1:00 PM, more than 30 volunteer models sporting fitness fashion will transform SW 1st Avenue between 8th and 9th street into a moving runway. Moderated by NBC6’s Kelly Blanco, UnderStyle shows support for The Underline and community is always in style.

Special thanks to: Saks Fifth Avenue, Harmont & Blaine, Mirto, Lululemon, Cleta Cycling, Dixie Devil Sport, Dombe, Fitmama, Kendra Scott, Republic Bike, Sean Donaldson (hairstyle), Building.co (staging) and Brickell City Centre.

UNDERART: From LIVE BIKE ART by local artists, to a CRAFT STATION FOR KIDS, The UnderLounge UnderArt section offers fun art activities for all. Sponsored by WorldWide Pools of FL.

Thanks to our supporters: Miami-Dade County Transportation and Public Works and Parks, Recreation & Open Spaces Departments & Bike 305 and the City of Miami.

UnderLounge Title Sponsor:
Baptist Health South Florida

Platinum Sponsors:
Worldwide Pools
Wheels, FL
The Tank Brewing, Co.

Gold Sponsors:
Bilzin Sumberg

Silver Sponsors:
Metro1
Raymond Jungles, Inc.
Beyond South Beach
Brickell Bikes

Getting To UnderLounge: Join Bike 305 Bike The Underline from Dadeland North to Brickell Metrorail Station 11 AM, ride Metrorail to Brickell Metrorail Station; walk or take Uber (use code UNDERLINE for new users and UNDERBIKE for $2 off an UberPOOL to and from the event)

Sign up here for free tickets to Underlounge.  Also, please consider making a tax-deductible donation to friends of The Underline to support our many community activities and events. Friends of The Under is 501C3 non-profit organization and donations are tax deductible to the extent of the law.

Conde Nast Traveler: From NYC’s High Line to Miami’s Underline: How Linear Parks Are Changing Cities

February 12, 2017

New York’s High Line is world-famous, but it’s not the only project seeking to transform abandoned locales into beautiful green spaces.
In 1981, what is now New York’s High Line—the railway-turned-linear park that runs down the west side of downtown Manhattan—almost became an inventive residential complex called the Bridge of Houses. The project, which was proposed by architect Steven Holl to transform the elevated tracks into a series of “villas” and courtyards, never came to light and the eyesore sat unused for almost three decades.

Ahead of his time, Holl foresaw how our cities would constantly reinvent themselves: When the High Line opened its first phase in 2009, it arguably became one of the most influential examples of how an increasingly dense area can become more livable by reclaiming abandoned infrastructure and adapting it into much-needed park space for city dwellers. This concept, known as adaptive reuse, is now one of the most popular methods for transforming urban landscapes.

These greenways, popular among locals and tourists alike, are attractions that are becoming as ubiquitous as traditional parks like Paris’s Jardin des Tuileries or New York’s Central Park. Seamlessly transporting visitors from one neighborhood to the next, landscaped promenades make for well-rounded excursions suited to wayfarers, design aficionados, aspiring horticulturists, and those just in need of a break from the surrounding city.

From Miami to New York to Seoul, the latest iterations of the adaptive reuse phenomenon present creative ways to transform existing infrastructure with new technology, art initiatives, and green spaces. Here, we detail the three projects to watch. Click here to read about how The Underline is inspiring public art and mobility.

 

Architectural Digest: Miami’s Unexpected New Art Destination

February 12, 2017

With the unveiling of four temporary artworks on the future Underline, funded by ArtPlace America and curated by Miami-Dade County Art in Public Places with Friends of The Underline Art Advisory, there was a flurry of press coverage extolling the Miami’s art scene and the future outdoor museum for public art on The Underline.

The Underline, Miami’s answer to the High Line, features an impressive array of public art.

There’s certainly no shortage of good art in Miami. From the lauded Perez Museum, which celebrated its third anniversary this fall, to the Rubell Family Collection to the annual Miami Basel fair, during which the art-world elite descends on the Florida city for a week of art and parties, Miami has emerged in the past few years as a destination for the arts. This week the city will add to its portfolio with the opening of four public artworks along the impending Underline, a public park and recreation space below Miami’s Metrorail masterminded by James Corner Field Operations, the same firm behind New York’s beloved High Line. Miami-based artists Bhakti Baxter, Naomi Fisher, Nicolas Lobo, and Agustina Woodgate have been selected to create the Underline’s first round of temporary artworks, opening January 14. Their projects range widely, from “live floral paintings” to a sculptural riff on exercise equipment. To hear more about the project, AD caught up with Amanda Sanfilippo, the curator and artist manager for Miami’s Art in Public Places, a sector of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs that is responsible for the installation.

Click here for the complete interview with Amanda Sanfilippo.

 

NYT Style Magazine: 10 Places to See Public Art in 2017

January 23, 2017

Throughout this year, ambitious projects will be unveiled all over America — from an artistic jungle gym in Miami to a pirate ship docking in Northern California — and they don’t cost anything to see. Here, a guide to the best public art coming to cities across the country.

Miami, FL – Miami residents now have one more excuse to go outside and enjoy the sun: the new , a 10-mile park beneath the city’s Metrorail, which will feature rotating public artworks. The first selection of works, which opened on Jan. 14, includes Nicolas Lobo’s “Brutal Workout” — a 10-by-10-foot cube with steel bars that curve and straighten to resemble the lines of the Metrorail itself. The cube will flip into different positions, inspiring different workouts on the bars. To test it out, Lobo brought in a dancer and a parkour troupe. “They were into it,” he says. “It implies a certain kind of choreography. Your body can move through it in different ways.”  Click here for the complete article.

Huffington Post: Undoing Miami’s Paved Paradise

January 17, 2017

The Nature Conservancy’s Managing Director for Global Cities, Pascal Mittermaier interviews Friends of The Underline’s CEO/President Meg Daly.

I recently met Meg Daly, the visionary behind The Underline: a 10-mile long, nature-inspired cycle and pedestrian track that will run through the heart of Miami alongside US Route 1. Inspired by similar projects in New York City, Seoul and Austin, The Underline’s 100 feet by 10 mile design, with 120 total acres of open space, will also incorporate green infrastructure systems to manage storm water; improve urban air and mitigate heat; promote biodiversity; and provide recreation space for millions for people. As I travel back to Miami this week for a meeting of The Nature Conservancy leaders, I’m excited to share this story.  

Read the interview here.  

Underline Cycling Club: FREE Parks in the City ride, roundtrip Brickell Station ending at the UnderArt Unveiling Party

January 12, 2017

Join us for this free, scenic 12-mile roundtrip urban ride that will begin and end at Brickell Metrorail station.  The route will pass pass through the Wynwood Art and Design districts and by Margaret Pace and Bayfront Parks. Ride will begin at noon and end at 2 PM. Sign up here.

Then, stay for the FREE ArtPlace UnderArt Opening Party from 2-5 PM where we will celebrate four public art installations along the future Underline by Miami-based artists Bhakti Baxter, Naomi Fisher, Nicolas Lobo, and Agustina Woodgate.  UnderArt will feature:

TalkArt: Interviews with each of the artists
PlayArt: Paint plein-air postcards or street art
KidArt: Creative play for kids of all ages
DogArt: Tail-wagging self-expression for your pup
UnderEats: Food to activate your inner artist

Brought to you by Friends of The Underline and Miami Dade County Cultural Affairs’ Art in Public Places and Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces departments. Temporary art installations funded by a generous ArtPlace America grant. Please consider making a tax-deductible contribution of $10/person when you register. For more info visit www.facebook.com/theunderlinemia or email cycling@theunderline.org.

Friends of The Underline, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization partnering with Miami Dade County Transportation and Public Works and Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Departments, will transform the underutilized land below Miami’s Metrorail, from the Miami River (near downtown) to Dadeland South Station, into a 10-mile, world-class, linear park and living art destination directly connected to transit. You can donate and join at theunderline.org and follow us @theunderlinemia.

American Way: Miami Has It’s Answer to the High Line

January 9, 2017

In this month’s issue of American Way, news about The Underline takes flight with a feature about the project, it’s inception, design progress and upcoming temporary art installations.  “The Underline will transform a neglected 10-mile strip of land under the city’s 70s-era elevated Metrorail into a linear park.”

“It will transform the way we live, work and play.” Meg Daly, Founder Friends of The Underline.

Read more here on page 29.  

Ocean Drive: The Underline Is Revitalizing a 10-Mile Pedestrian Walkway & Bike Path under the Metrorail

December 22, 2016

Kicking 2017 off with an artistic bang, on January 14th, be on the lookout for the unveiling of interactive art installations by four Miami-based artists: Bhakti Baxter, Naomi Fisher, Nicolas Lobo, and Agustina Woodgate, along The Underline path. Sign up on Eventbrite here.

Her’s a peek into UnderArt from Ocean Drive magazine!

Miles of unexplored and deserted ground beneath the Metrorail will become Miami’s first linear park, urban trail, and art playground when The Underline springs to life.

Within the last decade, the Magic City has quickly become one of the leading innovative art and culture hubs in the country, with thoughtfully curated projects like the Pérez Art Museum Miami, National YoungArts Foundation, Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science, and more spread throughout the area. Enter, now, The Underline.

With a mission to transform the underutilized and desolate stretch below the Metrorail (a dual-track, elevated rapid transit system that provides service to Miami International Airport and runs from Kendall through South Miami, Coral Gables, and downtown Miami), The Underline will take the less-than-friendly 10-mile pedestrian walkway and bike path from a no man’s land to a labyrinth of thriving natural habitats, inviting fitness zones, and even a blank canvas for local artists to leave their mark with murals, sculptures, installations, and performance art.

Soliciting the help and partnerships of Miami-Dade County Art in Public Places, Friends of The Underline Art Advisory, and Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces, as well as $200,000 in funding from ArtPlace America, The Underline is kicking off its artistic initiative this month featuring contemporary works by four Miami-based artists: Bhakti Baxter, Naomi Fisher, Nicolas Lobo, and Agustina Woodgate.

“From the get-go, art has been one of the pillars of The Underline,” says Meg Daly, president and CEO of Friends of The Underline. “Our community has seen the trans formative power of the arts—from our museums and galleries to our schools and artist communities. We’re thrilled to be part of this rich community fabric.”

Friends of The Underline is starting off 2017 right by putting the local masterpieces on display throughout the 9.7-mile corridor (including the eight Metrorail locations stretching from Brickell to Dadeland), beginning January 6. The best way for you to start the year? Take a walk or bike ride along The Underline to view them.