Miami Seeking Resident Input On The Underdeck, A New 33-Acre Public Park

The City of Miami will hold a public meeting to solicit input on a new park called The Underdeck.

The Underdeck will stretch from Overtown to Biscayne Bay, the city says.

Miami planners are now requesting public input as they look to finalize the design.

The Underdeck will include a total of 33 acres of newly created public park space underneath the Signature Bridge, which is already under construction.

Instead of the parking lots that are now underneath the highway, a park will be built instead.

The new highway span will be as much as 44 feet higher than the current I-395 bridge, creating more light and open space. There will also be a reduction in columns from 800 to 200.

An in-person meeting on the Underdeck is scheduled in Overtown on April 14, with a virtual meeting planned April 17.

 

 

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Anonymous
4 days ago

Lots of REAL trees (not palms) to absorb the sound and pollution from the highway, public restrooms, stationed police cars, modular landscape for venues like farmers markets, Art Basal, and small performances. Maybe make the bridge “living” with vines and grass to make it more organic.

Anonymous
4 days ago

Please.. they can’t get the little they built of the Underline Park right and you want all that?

Anonymous
4 days ago

Right these people know nothing on this blog so silly

Anonymous
3 days ago

Heyyy, I’m smart.. my phone is dumb!

Anonymous
4 days ago

To be fair, we need more shade trees where they are needed and can grow, not under a freeway.

Anonymous
4 days ago

Make lemons out of lemonade! Just hoping Joe Carollo doesn’t fill this up with dog statues!

Anonymous
4 days ago

Turn lemons into lemonade* whoops!

Anonymous
4 days ago

Joe Carollo will try to make lemons out of the dog statues!

Anonymous
4 days ago

Hey!.. don’t knock Carollo’s idea.. people from around the world will be coming to Miami just to see and take pictures with those dog statues.

lol….

Anonymous
4 days ago

Yes I’m planning an international trip to Miami just to take a picture of that statute

Anonymous
4 days ago

You are?!! Me too!!!

Anonymous
4 days ago

Bike and running trails are a must!!

Anonymous
4 days ago

Bike and running trails in this climate would benefit from water fountains. Except for the Rickenbacker and Key Biscayne, those are hard to find.

Azarius
4 days ago

Love the idea to turn it to a park. Now we need for it to be functional. Maybe to host festivals like Ultra and Rolling Loud. Have multiple uses all at once. Definitely needs a water feature and a space for local market days would be great!

Anonymous
4 days ago

I can envision rows of homeless tents a year after they finish it.

Anonymous
4 days ago

All under a 20 lane interstate, sounds lovely!!

Azarius
4 days ago

Name a better use of the space

Anonymous
4 days ago

Im going to get the family together for a day at the park under the expressway in Overtown. Lets just say, I’m not that crazy yet.

Grady Muhammad
3 days ago

Historic Overtown residents don’t want racist bastards like you coming here

Anonymous
3 days ago

If anyone is racist, it’s the FDOT who’s coming back for a round 2 of community destroying interstates running directly through Overtown again.

Anonymous
4 days ago

No local market days. People will simply continue with the 3rd world markets every day, ignoring the specific days.

Anonymous
4 days ago

What if they make artificial kayak lanes that connect to the bay? That would be cool

GBA
17 seconds ago

A parking podium would be Miami appropriate.

Anonymous
4 days ago

Enclosed dog park.

Anonymous
4 days ago

These spots need tons of plants to reduce pollution!!

Anonymous
4 days ago

So many great outdoor options! Now we can have our choice of hanging out under the metro rail or under the highway!

Anonymous
4 days ago

Love the smell of brake dust!

Anonymous
4 days ago

Man if we only had a park along Biscayne Bay. Oh wait…we do. While it may not be ideal, the underline and this park provide more options to residents that are not fortunate enough to have a condo on Biscayne Blvd. The bridge, metro, and highway overpasses are here to stay. If the city can utilize the space underneath in a manner that benefits more people, why not support it? It’s either that, parking spaces or abandoned homeless encampments. Take your pick.

Anonymous
4 days ago

Don’t worry, they will be there too.

Anonymous
4 days ago

Or the 21 acre Museum park on the Biscayne Bay which will connect to this….or the Baywalk which will extend from about NE 21st Street all the way down to SE 15th Street and (9 acre) Simpson Park…passing Bayfront Park, Mary Brickell Park, Brickell Key park along the way.

You can please some of the people, some of the time, but you can’t please all the people all of the time.

Anonymous
4 days ago

Nahhh…. they come on this site and whoop it up about a new planned park in South Miami Beach.. a place with an entire ocean to frolic in. Go figure.

Anonymous
4 days ago

If people are refusing to go to museum park, with great water views, open space with two museums, what makes you think they will prefer to visit a ‘park’ under a bridge that is currently inhabited by tons of homeless people, who will only increase in numbers especially when the improved amenities are added? One only has to reflect on Miami’s history of park usage.

Wes
4 days ago

And what’s your point? The Underline is fantastic. Combine a well-thought plan with the appropriate support and the Underdeck will be a success as well.

Anonymous
4 days ago

lol……..

Anonymous
4 days ago

Great benefit to city. Area will continue to improve.

POLO
4 days ago

How about putting the highway underground and the park on top? Sorry, it’s too late!

Anonymous
4 days ago

Something similar was pulled off in Dallas, but the highway was already below grade. Look up the Klyde Warren Park

Anonymous
4 days ago

Gotta respect them asking for resident input!

Anonymous
4 days ago

I would incorporate a lot of same design elements found on The Underline.

Anonymous
4 days ago

This is amazing!! Parks > parking lots.

Anonymous
4 days ago

I hope the local government addresses the homelessness issue as well, otherwise this will turn into another tent camp.

Anonymous
4 days ago

Please add a skate park !

Anonymous
4 days ago

Great, I am planning a trip to Miami and I would like to spend most of my time under an interstate bridge can’t wait

Anonymous
4 days ago

Well, whatever gets you through the night!

Anonymous
4 days ago

I’m registered.. I hope to see you all there!

Anonymous
4 days ago

Why didn’t they put metro rail over this bridge to the beach

Anonymous
4 days ago

If the city wants to make this a place for leisure/activity then it needs to be packed with sufficient landscaping and foliage to mitigate the emissions coming from the highway. I can’t help but imagine the horrible impacts on respiratory health of residents when using the space if that isn’t accomplished.

Azarius
4 days ago

Well they building a medical district right next to it lol

Anonymous
4 days ago

Above all, continuous security.

Anonymous
4 days ago

How about a yoga park?
Oh wait
It will be mighty noisy

Anonymous
4 days ago

Let’s see.. REAL trees (not palms).. check
Public restrooms.. check
Stationed police cars.. check
Modular landscape for venues like farmers markets, Art Basal, and small performances.. check
Make the bridge “living” with vines and grass to make it more organic… check
Bike and running trails.. check
Host festivals like Ultra and Rolling Loud there.. check
A water feature and a space for local market.. check
Enclosed dog park.. check
Artificial kayak lanes that connect to the bay.. check
Tons of plants to reduce pollution.. check
Incorporate a lot of same design elements found on The Underline.. check
Sufficient landscaping and foliage to mitigate the emissions coming from the highway.. check
Continuous security.. check
Yoga park.. check
Skate park.. check
Put metro rail over this bridge to the beach.. check

Whew!.. did I miss anything? That’s quite a list and might be kinda expensive, but, okay, let me run these suggestions by my boss and get back to ya. Meanwhile, if anyone has anymore suggestions, feel free to post them.

Anonymous
4 days ago

Talking about Museum Park. Has anyone notice that PAMM parking has been increased 400% since they open and parking a couple of hours is at least $20.00 per car. Maybe that is a reason, the park is under utilized. Not everyone lives walking distance and the buildings across from the park have their own amenities.

Don
3 days ago

skate parks and a basketball court.

Realtalk Reilly
3 days ago

A “park” under a highway bridge is ridiculous. Let Reilly give you the real talk about how that space should be used:

As a pedestrian-only entertainment district, featuring contrived “dive bars,” nightclubs and music venues with a gritty, edgy, industrial, “under the bridge” aesthetic to differentiate it from more glamorous areas like South Beach, Brickell and the nearby Miami World Center.

In other words, rather than The Underline, the model of what to do with that space should be Underground Atlanta. (Or for more extreme examples, think “Old Los Angeles” in the movie Demolition Man, or Venusville in Total Recall.)

Yes, I know Underground Atlanta has gone to crap, but the development had promise and was very successful for a time in the early 1990’s. We can learn from their mistakes and do it better.

The trick is to design it so that it doesn’t look like it was designed, but rather was an organic development by entrepreneurial bar owners who took advantage of cheap rents to create a trendy scene in an underutilized area. As a brief history lesson, that’s exactly what Underground Atlanta was wayyyy back in the 1920’s.

The City of Atlanta built a massive viaduct over the railroad yard in the middle of the city, so that the area above it could be developed. That caused storefronts that had formerly been at ground level near the tracks to become “underground,” beneath the viaduct. Since it was the Prohibition Era, naturally those hidden spots were converted to speakeasys by some enterprising degenerates, and the area flourished as a popular, albeit illicit, entertainment district.

Much later in the 1970’s, the city redeveloped the area to “legitimize” and regulate the shady scene that existed there, and make it safer for tourists and suburbanites. They did another remodeling job in the 1990’s, again to make it brighter, cleaner, more accessible, etc. But with each successive renovation they destroyed more of the charm and “edginess” that gave the district its appeal in the first place.

Miami should use this unique, shaded space to create a combination of Underground Atlanta (in its heyday) and Frenchman Street in New Orleans, where there is a different genre of live music coming out of every doorway as you walk down the street, and open containers are allowed so you can walk from bar to bar with drink in hand.

I don’t want to hear any backtalk from you philistines because that right there is a PERFECT idea.

Anonymous
3 days ago

Whatever … unsafe, polluted and it will be full of homeless.

Anonymous
2 days ago

this is laughable…so little foresight from city planning and our lack of greenspace…years of ignorance on this account….

Anonymous
4 days ago

It will become a feces dumping ground for dog walkers and the homeless heroin addicts. Not being funny but realistic. When the sun sets an it gets late this place will become littered with the overtown under the bridge crowd.

Grady Muhammad
3 days ago

No the white crackheads that come 2 Overtown

Anonymous
4 days ago

There is a park across the street with a art gallery and science center and its always empty. Basely anyone one will use this under a highway unless they plan on having a bunch of outdoor restaurants and markets there. If not it will be occupied by homeless.

Azarius
4 days ago

I just there last weekend and it was not empty plenty of ppl actually go to the museum and parks even if it’s just to take photos lol

Anonymous
4 days ago

Museum Park is actually FAR from always empty, why do you keep spewing this nonsense? What is your agenda?

anonymous
4 days ago

not called Museum Park anymore

Azarius
4 days ago

We refuse to acknowledge any other name

Anonymous
4 days ago

I’m with you on that. MUSEUM PARK!!!

Anonymous
4 days ago

I totally agree with you.
This will end up being a waste of $$$
I think Skyrise will bring more people downtown.
Parks????
Bayfront is always empty

Anonymous
4 days ago

Only somebody with a wacked out mind would think that quacky looking Skyrise design belongs anywhere downtown.