January 16, 2019 by Laura Pincus and Patty Shillington
Meditation Garden Opens at The Underline in South Miami
Baptist Health South Florida has opened a Meditation Garden, an urban oasis of peace and tranquility, at The Underline adjacent to South Miami Hospital on U.S. 1.
The garden is the first example of how a private business can contribute safe public spaces to The Underline, a 10-mile linear park and urban trail that will extend from the north end of the Miami River to South Miami. Baptist Health worked with Friends of the Underline to align their shared missions of improving the physical and mental health of the community.
(Video: The Baptist Health News Team hears from community leaders about the new Meditation Garden at The Underline in South Miami. Video by Dylan Kyle)
“The Meditation Garden is a pleasant, peaceful area intended to provide a serene setting for people to enjoy amid the rush of our everyday lives,” said Brian E. Keeley, chief executive officer of Baptist Health. “The Underline is a great fit for Baptist Health as it represents our focus on community wellness and prevention.”
Friends of The Underline is a non-profit organization advocating to transform underutilized land below Miami’s Metrorail into a safer, healthier, more connected and sustainable, mobile and engaged community.
“The Meditation Garden designed by Baptist Health is an urban masterpiece and evidence of the possibilities when we shift our transportation philosophy to include alternatives such as walking and bicycling in a safe and beautiful environment. Here is a lush park with seating near a high-occupancy highway and under local transit where people can find a place to seek rest and calm,” said Meg Daly, founder of The Underline. “Our dream has become an attainable goal with the groundbreaking last month at the beginning of the trail and the opening of Meditation Park today near the end of the trail. It’s truly gratifying,”
The Baptist Health South Florida News Team was there to capture the opening of the Meditation Garden. Watch the video now.