The Nature Conservancy and The Friends Of The Underline Announce Partnership to Help Create Greenspace Below Miami’s Metrorail
The goal of the partnership is to convert the land below Miami’s Metrorail into a 10-mile iconic linear park
Miami, FL | April 04, 2017
The Nature Conservancy and The Friends of the Underline announce a partnership to support the transformation of The Underline. The Conservancy, dedicated to protecting and restoring nature, and The Friends of The Underline, focused on converting the land below Miami’s Metrorail into a 10-mile iconic linear park, are collaborating to expand and revitalize Miami’s urban greenspace.
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.
The 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 will connect to the Miami River Greenway and Proposed Ludlam trail to provide greenspace and trails for bicyclists and pedestrians. The Friends of the Underline are advocating for transformation and working with county agencies, municipalities, 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 hands-on in 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 support a park experience that encourages people to get outdoors in the newly renovated space as well as educates park-goers about nature.
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 an unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable. Working in 72 countries, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit www.nature.org or follow @nature_press on Twitter.