Riverfront Projects

Riverfront Projects

Three Rivers Park: Currently under construction by the people of Pittsburgh

Three Rivers Park illustration

Three Rivers Park is Pittsburgh's 13-mile interconnected riverfront park system. The Park is currently defined by the boundaries of the West End Bridge on the Ohio River, the 31st Street Bridge on the Allegheny River, and the Hot Metal Bridge on the Monongahela River.

The vision for this 13-mile interconnected loop of riverfront trails, parks and riverside amenities was first unveiled in Riverlife’s AIA award-winning 2001 A Vision Plan for Pittsburgh’s Riverfronts. With almost 80% of the park complete and many more projects underway, Three Rivers Park is shaping up to be unlike any urban waterfront in the world.



Keep reading to find out more about the riverfront projects that make up Pittsburgh’s Three Rivers Park.


16th & 31st Street Bridges

Pittsburgh’s historic bridges are an essential part of the city’s identity. Not only are they crucial for transportation and connections between neighborhoods, they also provide a unique perspective from which to view the topography of…


Allegheny Landing

Situated between the 6th and 7th Street bridges on the north bank of the Allegheny River, Allegheny Landing was dedicated in 1984 as one of the nation’s first urban riverfront sculpture parks. It was established in recognition of…


Allegheny Riverfront Green Boulevard

The Allegheny Riverfront Vision Plan was developed throughout 2009-2010 by the City of Pittsburgh, the Urban Redevelopment Authority and Riverlife for the many southern edge river communities along the Allegheny, including the Strip…


Almono

Named after the first syllables of Pittsburgh's rivers--the Allegheny, Monongahela and Ohio--Almono is a former steel mill site on Hazelwood's riverfront. The land was purchased as one parcel for $10 million in 2001 by a consortium of…


Convention Center Riverfront Plaza

Pittsburgh’s grand David L. Lawrence Convention Center debuted in 2003 and was immediately recognized internationally for its sustainable design as the largest Gold LEED-rated building in the world. This huge symbol of sustainability…


Headwaters of the Ohio River

This area encircling the headwaters of the Ohio River is one of the most dramatic landscapes in any American city.  Riverlife is developing a plan for this basin that integrates environmental regeneration with real estate development,…


Hot Metal Bridge

The Hot Metal Bridge – originally built to transport molten steel from one plant to another via railcar – now connects the SouthSide Works residential and retail complex to a new business park across the Monongahela River. Thanks to a…


Mon Wharf Switchback

There's a significant missing link in Pittsburgh's riverfront trail system. If you've biked the Great Allegheny Passage or Eliza Furnace "Jail Trail" into downtown Pittsburgh, you know there's not an off-street non-motorized route to…


Monongahela Wharf Landing

The challenge: take a paved parking lot and put in a paradise. Result: Riverlife found the solution to turn the Mon Wharf into a beautiful, user-friendly linear park and trail.

Formerly a deteriorated five-acre parking lot on the…


North Shore Riverfront Park & Trail

Anyone who’s ever crossed a bridge from downtown Pittsburgh to the North Shore knows that the view of the city across the Allegheny River is breathtaking. Riverfront planners realized the opportunity as plans for the city’s North Shore…


Point State Park Connector

The Point State Park Connector is a traffic-free, non-motorized ramp that will connect Point State Park to the western side of the Mon Wharf Landing.  Currently, the only access in this area is via a 4 foot wide path adjacent to…


Point State Park Fountain

The fountain at Point State Park is Pittsburgh’s heroic moment.  It is the dramatic first image that visitors have of the city – our front door.  And it is the focal point of a vibrant network of riverfront parks that is unmatched in…


Point State Park Renovation

Point State Park is a 36-acre state park and National Historic Landmark located at the confluence of the Monongahela and Allegheny Rivers in the heart of downtown Pittsburgh and Three Rivers Park.

The dedication of the renovated Point…


Riverfront Lighting Plan

The Riverfront Lighting plan will supplement the reflections of surrounding buildings on the water’s surface with lighting at the water’s surface to celebrate the joining of two major rivers into the mighty Ohio.  It will excite the…


Riverhounds Stadium

The Pittsburgh Riverhounds, Pittsburgh's professional soccer team, sought to build a stadium and training facility to accomodate their rapidly growing fan base and settled on a prime riverfront location with jaw-dropping views of the…


Rivers Casino

Rivers Casino is an inspiring example of what happens when private development takes shape as part of the master plan guidelines for Three Rivers Park.

Completed in 2009 by Gaming Holdings, Rivers Casino has already become a landmark…


South Shore Riverfront Park

At the SouthSide Works in Pittsburgh's South Side neighborhood, a former steel mill barge dock has been converted to a riverfront park in an innovative project that straddles a railroad tunnel and overcomes a 40’ drop in elevation to…


South Side Riverfront Trail

This trail along the south shore of the Monongahela River bring residents right down to the water.  A welcome five-mile route for hikers, cyclists and other outdoor enthusiasts, the SouthSide Riverfront Trail begins in the South Side…


Station Square

This former station for the Pittsburgh and Lake Erie Railroad on the southern bank of the Monongahela River represented a dramatic step forward in riverfront retail development. To the delight of Pittsburgh history enthusiasts, Station…


Washington’s Landing

The potential was clear. Take an island in the middle of the Allegheny River, just a stone’s throw from Downtown, and turn it into a residential destination. The challenge was great: Herr’s Island was an industrial brownfield site with…


West End Pedestrian Bridge

The West End Bridge, considered an engineering masterpiece since it opened in 1932, crosses the Ohio River about a mile from Point State Park and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. However, it features no meaningful…

News & Events

News & Events

12.02.2014

Riverlife announces departure of President and CEO Elisabeth M. Schroeder

Schroeder assuming leadership role at Parks & People Foundation


News & Events

10.02.2013

Just think…in 1999 none of this was here.: Day-of-Giving-thumb_1.jpg

Just think…in 1999 none of this was here.

Amazing before-and-after video of Pittsburgh's riverfronts


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