The designers of the Underline, a linear park that’s proposed beneath part of the Metrorail tracks in Miami-Dade County, unveiled their plans on Nov. 4.
The county hired James Corner Field Operations to design the walkways, bike paths and parks on the 10-mile corridor from the Miami River to Dadeland South. They held a series of public meetings to come up with the plans, which need final approval from the county. The 10-mile Underline will be Miami-Dade County’s first mobility corridor integrating all modes of transit.
The Underline is the spine of a future connected network of countywide bicycle/pedestrian infrastructure and trails. | Source: https://www.theunderline.org
The Underline would feature a series of parks and activity nodes along the trail, along with more friendly paths for pedestrians and cycling. Dozens of intersections would need to be improved. The parks would have features such as rock climbing, play grounds, fitness equipment, and pop-up retail.
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden worked with the designer on a plan to restore native plant life to the area along the paths.
The Friends of the Underline non-profit group that’s supporting the initiative estimated the project would cost $120 million to build. It aims to combine public funding with donations. The Related Group has already signed on as a major supporter.
Its goal is to build the Underline by 2022, but some of the parks in Brickell would come on line first.