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Monongahela Wharf Landing

Completed November 2009

Pittsburgh's new front doorstep

  • The Mon Wharf is now a linear park featuring plantings native to Western PA.

  • Why should cars have the best view? The Mon Wharf, formerly a parking lot, now features benches, lighting and landscaping that make it a magnet for downtown residents and visitors.

  • The area had been used for parking and industry for generations.

  • Project partners from the city, county cut the ribbon to usher in a new era for the Mon Wharf on November 16, 2009

  • The Mon Wharf Landing provides an urban oasis for city residents and workers, and will connect to Point State Park and the Great Allegheny Passage.

  • The Wharf’s new flood-resistant landscaping and design allow it to withstand rising waters from the Mon River.


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 historic northern bank of the Monogahela River located at the base of the First Side area of downtown, the Mon Wharf Landing has been reborn as a riverfront trail and park. For generations the Wharf has been prone to flooding, and years of industrial and transportation use turned it into a harsh urban edge to the city. Under Riverlife’s direction, the Wharf’s redesign now features flood-resistant native plants, water steps for access to the river, and improved infrastructure to handle flooding concerns. Riverlife raised $3 million and executed the construction of this project.

The Mon Wharf Landing will continue to develop with the addition of a switchback ramp at its eastern end with access to the Smithfield Street Bridge, and a connector at its western end into Point State Park. When completed, the Mon Wharf Landing will provide a vital link in completing the City of Pittsburgh’s portion of the Great Allegheny Passage. The Passage will link Pittsburgh to Washington, D.C. and is projected to serve as many as 2.5 million people when complete.

Project Partners

U.S. Rep. Mike Doyle
The City of Pittsburgh
Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
Clearwater Construction
Pittsburgh Parking Authority


Part of Riverlife’s 2001 Vision Plan for Pittsburgh’s Riverfronts (link), The Mon Wharf was designed by LaQuatra Bonci Associates and Riverlife. Several factors such as river access, flooding provisions and minimizing the loss of parking spaces were considered during the design process.  Funding for the Mon Wharf Landing came from Federal and State transportation dollars, including grants from PENNDOT, the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resource (DCNR) Growing Greener funds. Private donors include the K. Mabis McKenna Foundation, The Heinz Endowments and the RK Mellon Foundation.

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Monongahela Wharf Landing
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