After years of development, The Underline finally opened its first section on Friday, February 26. The project is located underneath the metro rail. Eventually, The Underline Miami will become a 10-mile linear park going from the Miami River to Dadeland South Station. The goal is for it to become a world-class urban trail and public art destination. The project has three sections, and each will reflect the feel of its neighborhood. “Brickell Backyard” is the first section, and it is officially open.
The designer of the project is James Corner Field Operations. This is the same group that designed New York’s High Line. The Underline Miami, however, will be on ground level rather than elevated.
The Brickell Backyard section has been under construction for two and a half years. According to its website, the park’s goal is to “connect many of Miami’s communities, improve pedestrian and bicyclist safety, create over 120 acres of open space with restored natural habitats, encourage a healthy lifestyle, provide an easily accessible place to exercise, create a mobility corridor that integrates transit, car, biking and walking, provide a 10-mile canvas for artistic expression, attract development along US1, and generate significant economic impact.”
Along the entire park will be places to sit, eat, and enjoy outdoor art installations. In addition, it will host communal events such as yoga and concerts with the goal of bringing communities together. In addition, Habitat designs will use native plants and trees, and 20 butterfly gardens. All three sections of The Underline in Miami are projected to open by 2025.
Eventually, The Underline will link to other trails. The project will change the way Miami moves within the next decade. Its first section runs half a mile from the Miami River to Southwest 13th Street near Brickell Avenue.