The Conservancy and the Friends of The Underline are collaborating to expand and transform more than 100 acres of underutilized land below Miami’s Metrorail. The Underline project is a planned 10-mile urban trail, linear neighborhood park and living art destination that will follow the Miami River, north of Brickell Metrorail station, to Dadeland South.
The Underline will feature dedicated bike and pedestrian paths, amenities, art, lighting and native vegetation, as well as safety features and improvements at road crossings. Through several phases that began in early 2018, The Underline will attach to the Miami River Greenway and proposed Ludlam trail to provide 22 miles of connected greenspace.
“This is a well-aligned collaboration between two organizations poised to achieve transformative results for people and nature,” said Temperince Morgan, executive director of The Nature Conservancy in Florida. “We’re looking toward the future for Miami and are eager to begin work with Friends of The Underline.”
Meg Daly, founder and president of Friends of The Underline, said the group is honored to work with The Nature Conservancy to invest in the city’s sustainable future.
“We believe parks and vibrant public spaces that are accessible to all are the heart and soul of a growing, more connected community,” she said.
With The Underline and partners, the Conservancy will work to support a park experience that encourages people to get outdoors, as well as educate park visitors about nature. This project expands our commitment to sustainable cities, which includes protection of Goulds Pineland Preserve, a rare pine rockland habitat that supports endangered species, and have helped to plant trees in a Miami neighborhood. Along with 400 Conservancy staff from around the world, we completed hands-on work removing invasive vegetation and planting native plants in Virginia Key, and with multiple partners and the community, are planning restoration of degraded areas along Wagner Creek.
The future University Station plaza will reduce conflicts between cyclists and pedestrians by reorganizing circulation. A freestanding solar panel rain screen will showcase green technologies, provide power to the plaza, and highlight the station as a green tech demonstration. © James Corner Field Operations, Courtesy of Friends of the Underline
The future Underline will feature a wider, dedicated bike path and a separate pedestrian path, shaded by native plants that provide habitat for birds and butterflies. © James Corner Field Operations, Courtesy of Friends of the Underline
The future “River Room” features oolite seating steps, orienting visitors toward views of the river and downtown Miami. Paths that connect to nearby pedestrian and bike routes reinforce connections to the Miami River Greenway, across the river and into downtown. © James Corner Field Operations, Courtesy of Friends of the Underline