|The Metrorail, which runs on an elevated track in Miami-Dade County, is 26 miles long. The space underneath most of is unused.
Meg Daly’s vision is to transform 10 miles of it into an urban park called The Underline.
“It would be the only linear park in the country that’s connected to a mass transit system,” she said.
The transformation is necessary for the community, said Daly.
“Miami-Dade County is the fourth most dangerous in the country for pedestrians and the most dangerous place in the state for bicyclists,” she said. “The infrastructure isn’t there to safely allow these activities.”
The Underline would include pedestrian and bike paths and 100 acres of open space with gardens, open air gyms, dog parks and play areas for kids.
Daly, through her Friends of the Underline nonprofit, has already raised $7 million for the project, which she estimates will cost $80 million overall. The initiative received $250,000 from The Knight Foundation, which will fund an outdoor gym.
“A lot of young people live here. A public urban amenity like this will attract more young talent because it will improve their quality of life,” she said. “But it will take a village to get it done.”
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