Miami's High Line? A Ten-Mile "Linear Park" Could Come to South Florida

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photo by Timathom via Wikimedia Commons
The proposed park would follow the Metrorail tracks.
If a South Florida group has their way, Miami is about to get a whole lot greener. The Greenlink Project would create the largest linear park ever, one that would stretch 10 miles long from Brickell to Dadeland right underneath the Metrorail.

"The vision is to connect eight transit stations to one linear park," Meg Daly, Greenlink Park's founder, tells CBS Miami.

The proposed park, which has been described as Miami's answer to NYC's High Line, has already drawn about $2 million in commitments so far, Daly says. The High Line, to be fair, cost about $180 million to build. In turn, it's generated an estimated $3 billion in real estate investment for the New York area.

Beyond funding, others have raised worries that an FPL plan for 100-foot new towers along U.S. 1 could also imperil the idea, though FPL says the two projects aren't necessarily incompatible.

"I know some people have suggested that the transmission line would basically rule out the park being there," FPL spokesman Peter Robbins told the Miami Herald earlier this year. "That's just flat out wrong. Whoever suggested that, unfortunately is misinformed or they are spreading information that's wrong. Projects just like the GreenLink make sense."

Daly says that in a best-case scenario the project could potentially break ground later this year and finish be done in five-to-ten years.

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Steve Klare
Steve Klare

If its done right it will eliminate the safety issues involving cars and pedestrians and bicycles.

Joseph Mazon
Joseph Mazon

Good Move, somebody needs to remind Cubans that Spain is world-renowned for its parks and open spaces. Can't pave over every inch of ground guys, but in any case, the Federal Government will stop you from going past Krome Ave, no matter how much you plead.

Alex Pappas
Alex Pappas

Isn't there a green patch of grass already running along the metro rail? What's the difference?

Leslie Rico
Leslie Rico

Yes, more parks! More parks with a community center in every town!

Armando del Corral III
Armando del Corral III

"Miami is in dire need of space". I'm confused. Are we talking about the city or the entire county? The city has quite a few large parks especially the new museum park, Bayfront park, and a network of parks in coconut grove. Is this going to be a metropolitan city or a nature preserve?

Luis Lopez
Luis Lopez

I like this project, will bring value to land and help family community

Viviana Otero
Viviana Otero

There was sooooo much of it when I left in 1998!!!! What have you done?

Dirk DeSouza
Dirk DeSouza

While I genuinely applaud the vision, essentially it's a 10 mile long, 50 foot wide patch of grass directly abutting US1, an extremely dangerous, extremely congested shitshow of car-doom where no parent would want their child playing

Jess Harris
Jess Harris

add more trains and busses. then we can talk about making it pretty.

Blake Davis
Blake Davis

Two 100' FPL power towers? Yeah, that's going to be pretty. Pretty like how they lined 135th St.

Vijay Saxena
Vijay Saxena

I like green space but is it really a "dire" need?

Omar Armenteros Sr
Omar Armenteros Sr

Tropical-Tom Niel Garcia dont be so negative, just think of all the money saved in irrigation. Besides the homeless need another area to migrate to. It's getting crowded downtown.

Phil Ramirez
Phil Ramirez

Broward's being ahead of Dade for eons now. That west trail?! Uffff

Gene Ore
Gene Ore

Finally someone with an idea that makes a city beautiful...

Stefano Alessio
Stefano Alessio

This would be a wonderful and most welcome development in Miami-Dade, which means it is almost certain not to happen. Surely it is much better than the required monetary investment be into the mad big-building Brickel boom taking place now.

Richard A. Guerrero
Richard A. Guerrero

Need public transportation!!!!! Every is more expensive to have a car ! Please commissioner think with you brain no with you ass!!!!!

Richard A. Guerrero
Richard A. Guerrero

Ja,ja,ja .. Just remenber with the Cuban those who run the city, last year closes the public park , and now this!! Probably some of them they going to make a lotof money under the table

Jim DeSilva
Jim DeSilva

A fantastic idea, all for it.....after they do a MetroRail that connects the mainland to Miami Beach. MetroRail is a ten on the importance scale, this project is a 3.

Yolie Rodriguez
Yolie Rodriguez

Finally a place to go that you can spend the day and not spend at least a hundred dollars...@ Chris Hind whether the Latin American country of Miami take care and treasure this park as New Yorkers do Central Park is yet to be seen.

mr_ed04
mr_ed04

Love the concept of the on in NYC but would never work here in Miami. Frist of all the one in NYC is above the street, and this one would be right next to US1. Have you guys seen the way people drive down that street?? How many people have been hit just crossing that over the last few years, all we need is for one person to lose control and go right into the park.

Chris Hind
Chris Hind

Miami new times seems to be a bunch of people pining for a New York in miami. I like it better as a Latin American country.

Kammie Whitaker
Kammie Whitaker

Yea how about instead of a park, expand the metrorail north to NW 183rd street along 27th Ave?! Much more useful.

Marina Lemos
Marina Lemos

Sergio Luiz Coelho Thiago Lemos Guerra olha que legal!!!

Fred Labarga
Fred Labarga

I could ride my bike all the way downtown.

Ray.
Ray.

ummm nyc is probably the largest metro city in the country and has amazing central park, which is huge. miamis current parks are a joke, small and tiny.

miamitrev2
miamitrev2 topcommenter

Dire only to the connected few who will line their pockets if this happens, 

miamitrev2
miamitrev2 topcommenter

Do you ever read what you type?  You would probably think "damn Im a fucken idiot" if you did

miamitrev2
miamitrev2 topcommenter

Not probably, certainly.

miamitrev2
miamitrev2 topcommenter

You have major issues if you cant find places in Miami to spend the day without spending $100.     

miamitrev2
miamitrev2 topcommenter

And just like your other posts no one cares

miamitrev2
miamitrev2 topcommenter

You could now....but you dont....and still wouldnt and we would have wasted $18 mill per mile

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