Today, Miami-Dade officials celebrated a proposed 10 mile urban trail that will transform a lot of unused space into something unlike anything seen in the county.
The team who designed New York City’s "High Line" park is working on something very similar in miami-dade.
A proposed stretch of green space underneath the Metrorail tracks - from Miami’s Brickell neighborhood south to Dadeland.
The initiative is led by a non -profit called Friends of the Underline
"By taking advantage of green space that is already underneath the tracks, we have an opportunity to with a very cost effect way produce a greenway and park space that people can actively pursue,” said Jack Kardys, director of Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces.
Mayor Carlos Gimenez welcomed the installation of a pop-up gym just outside the Brickell Metrorail station.
Organizers say the pop up gym will be there for six months and will help people not only stay in shape but visualize what's to come with the underline project.
"We’re able to take what we have and make it safer, more beautiful and absolutely much more functional,” said Gimenez.
The path will end at a proposed park on the Miami River -- complete with a dog park, playground and space to have picnics.
"We've raised close to 10 million dollars and that's public and private,” said Meg Daly, CEO and Founder of Friends of the Underline. “ The public funding - we have $3.5 million from Miami-Dade County, $1 million from the City of Miami and $3 million from the Department of Transportation.”
Construction on the Brickell portion of the 10 mile trail is expected to begin in the fall of 2017.