In case you haven’t heard, Miami could get a 10-mile linear park–its very own version of NYC’s popular Highline–and soon. The Underline is a project that has been in talks for several years now, exciting anyone living near the land below the Metrorail from the Miami River to Dadeland South as well as any Miami-Dade County residents hoping for some changes in our city’s accessible infrastructure. After hosting monthly bike rides, community events, and running crowdfunding campaigns, The Underline finally broke ground last week and we can’t be more happy about it. We spoke to Meg Daly, President/CEO, Friends of The Underline 501C3 non-profit about it and it turns out the work is far from over:

What’s Left to Do?

Like we said, a ground-breaking doesn’t necessarily mean the work is done. In fact, only three of the 10-miles has been funded and Friends of The Underline is a 501C3 non-profit that relies solely on donations to sustain their mission and stick to the timeline. “We have future commitments from the City of Miami and Coral Gables, but it will take time for those funding sources to be fully realized since they are tied to future development along the corridor” said Daly. “The area from Red Road to Dadeland South currently has no funding available.” Friends of The Underline must fund this organization and are seeking individual and corporate sponsors for park amenities and programming.

Photo courtesy of The Underline

Construction Updates

“The full construction schedule for Phase 1 should be finalized by mid-December,” said Daly, which means we can start counting down the days until we all can take advantage of such a beautiful idea. Miami-Dade County will also start advertising for a design/build team to bid on Phase 2 construction (Coral Way to SW 19th Ave.) soon.

How Can You Get Involved?

If you want to live in their vision of people safely running, biking, and walking in our city, there’s a few things you can do to help make it a reality. The first is to voice your ideas and partake in discussions on what the project should look and feel like. “Literally everything we have in our master plan was an idea from the community” Daly said in an interview with Fast Company. “People shouldn’t be told how to live in their city” Daly told us, “They should share the vision of how they want to live in their city. The bottom up vs. top down process for city building is a core principle of our advocacy.”

Photo courtesy of The Underline

Photo courtesy of The Underline

The second thing you can do to help, and probably the most important: donate. Like we mentioned, the project is entirely crowdfunded with part of the pot being shared by Miami-Dade County. But some of that money is tied up in other developments that are also subject to delays. So anything you can do to help will make a long-lasting difference. “We need the community to contribute to the project from $1 to one million dollars to ensure its success” said Daly.

So do it! Whether it’s donating today or on Give Miami Day this Thursday, November 15th, or even just following its progress, you can do it all here.