No matter where you live and commute to and from — if you’ve tried to take I-395 to Miami Beach in the last several months, you’ve noticed all the construction near the Adrienne Arsht Center. You can’t miss it.
In a few years that will be where Miami’s new signature bridge begins. If you haven’t seen what those plans look like — it’s big. See more images here.
But we’re not talking about the bridge — more about what will be underneath it.
The Underdeck is a working title for a new park that will be built underneath the signature bridge. And that’s what this story is really all about … the hopes that a park can be the ‘bridge’ that brings two historically different communities together — Overtown and Downtown Miami.
“Aspirationally, this is a connector. It will connect Historic Overtown to the bay. To be honest with you. It will connect communities. It will symbolically create a space that speaks to this whole issue of inclusivity. It will speak to it being a place that is for, I like to say, Lottie, Dottie and everybody,” said Dr. Nelson Adams on Sundial. He is an OBGYN and on the board of the Town Square Neighborhood Development Committee in Overtown.
This initiative is set in the shadows of I-95 being built in the middle of the historically Black neighborhood of Overtown, and the negative impacts of that still linger today, said Adams.
Jessica Goldman-Srebnick, Co-Chair of Goldman Properties and CEO of Goldman Global Arts, who is involved in the project, also joined Sundial for this conversation.
The project is set to be completed by Summer 2026.
Bridging two communities with a park