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The Underline to Break Ground in 2016

Plans for The Underline, an envisioned 10-mile park, bike and hike trail located below Miami’s Metrorail, currently known as the M-Path, are rapidly becoming a reality. Momentum is so great each day seems to bring a newsworthy announcement for this dynamic greenway project.

And now, we’ve learned the project is set to break ground in fall 2016 the result of a forward-thinking public-private partnership involving Miami-Dade County, City of Miami and other municipalities along with private funders.

“This will be the fastest linear park and urban trail in the country that’s gone from inception to shovel in the ground ever,” said Meg Daly, founder of the project.

The Underline team recently relocated to a new office within the University of Miami’s School of Architecture. Recent accolades include winning a prestigious ArtPlace Americas grant for art planning and implementation and winning the Architizer’s “Pitching the City” competition in New York City. BHA endorsed the project last winter, and numerous organizations continue to step forward in support.

Community leaders and elected officials, including Miami Commissioner Marc Sarnoff, Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado and Miami-Dade Commissioner Xavier Suarez, have expressed their support.

“As commissioner for Miami District 2, I am always looking for ways to activate greenspace and enhance the quality of life of my constituents. The Underline is a project that does precisely that,” Miami Commissioner Marc Sarnoff said.

Hundreds of citizens have been surveyed and have attended forums providing critical feedback and input for the ongoing planning process. An unveiling of the master plan is scheduled for November 9th.

The Underline is being designed to meet many environmental, economic and community needs, including serving as…
…    a green corridor inspired and representative of the South Florida region with horticultural input from Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden.
…    a central spine for a proposed network of trails creating an interconnected corridor between neighborhoods
…    an alternative mode of transportation
…    an economic generator
…    a multimodal trail with neighborhood-specific zones

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For our area, they’ve developed the Brickell Backyard concept, which conveys the feeling of an adult playground while also reintroducing nature in an urban environment. Beyond the Brickell Backyard, the zones continue south with the Hammock Trail, between Southwest 17th Avenue to Vizcaya Station featuring native habitats and nature play, and The Grove Gallery, with a focus on local art. Then there’s the Douglas/Bird Triangle, University of Miami Colonnade, South Miami Hospital and Dadeland Connection, each with its own distinctive character and features to complete the 10-mile trail.

Funding Rolling Along

The Underline is fully funded for its master planning phase. Funders include the cities of Miami, Coral Gables, and South Miami and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Miami Foundation, the Health Foundation of South Florida and the Mitchell Wolfson Foundation.

Considerable public and private sector funding will be required for construction and ongoing maintenance. Although Governor Scott vetoed a $2 million line item for State funding passed by legislators last session, The Underline has secured commitments from the public sector totaling $5 million:
•    $3 million from Miami-Dade County
•    $1 million from the City of Miami (park impact fees from development within 500 feet of The Underline in District)
•    $1 million from an existing Alternative Transportation Grant from Florida Department of Transportation

See more master plan renderings and the latest news online at www.theunderline.org.