Miami is poised to become the next city to transform an under-utilized urban corridor into a public green space where locals and visitors alike can walk, bike and enjoy being outside.
Following in the success of similar projects like New York’s High Line and Chicago’s 606, the Underline is a proposed new park that would turn a ten-mile corridor underneath the Florida city’s Metrorail into a 100-acre urban park with art, bike trails, and more.
The Underline will begin at the Miami River, north of the city’s Brickell Metrorail station and run until the Dadeland South Metrorail station. Organizers from the non-profit behind the project hope that it will turn an often-empty path through the city, back to life.
Fundraising efforts are currently underway for the project, with the website noting that similar parks have taken about a decade to complete. Right now, people can take part in the Underline Cycling Club, a free bike club that takes group rides on the first Sunday of every month, exploring the future park and the surrounding areas.
The plans for the Underline resemble a number of similar trail-based parks that are increasingly well-loved around the world, such as New York’s ever-popular High Line. That park was similarly an unused rail line that was transformed into a destination green space with views of the Hudson River, public art and plenty of places to sit and soak up the Big Apple. Similar parks exist in spots like Seoul’s Skygarden, and plans are proposed for London’s Camden Town.