You help make Pittsburgh’s riverfronts cleaner, safer and more fun for everyone.

Riverlife is working with you to make Pittsburgh’s waterfronts great public destinations that we can all enjoy. We’re a nonprofit organization that collaborates with property owners, local government, and community groups to create new parks, trails, real estate development, and riverfront art and events. Our main focus is Pittsburgh, but we also work with waterfront towns and cities throughout the region.

Our riverfronts are the front door to our city.


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What’s Happening on Pittsburgh’s Riverfronts

New improvements at South Shore Riverfront Park to debut October 16

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You're Invited! Ribbon​ Cutting Celebration for South Shore Riverfront Park New Gateway and Improvements Free and Open to the Public! Monday, October 16, 2017 Riverfront park plaza at 27th and...
Photo by Maranie Staab

Riverlife hosts Hello Neighbor refugee families on a Pittsburgh boat tour

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Riverlife was pleased to host families and friends from the Hello Neighbor program for a boat ride on the Gateway Clipper on Saturday, September 23, 2017. Hello Neighbor works to...

Riverlife’s Jay Sukernek departs for a new opportunity

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Riverlife Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Jay Sukernek is stepping down from his role at the organization at the end of this month. ​Jay has accepted the position…

Riverfronts for Everyone: Video Gallery

Video: Introducing the vision for Strip District Riverfront Park

Now is a key moment to work with Strip District land owners to establish public waterfront access along the Allegheny Riverfront from 11th Street to the 31st Street Bridge in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Video: Amazing before-and-after images of Pittsburgh’s riverfronts

In 1999, Pittsburgh’s riverfronts were much different than they are today. After years of industrial use and restricted access caused by barriers like highways and train tracks, Pittsburgh’s waterfront areas were largely unused and undesirable. But then things changed in a big way.

Featured Projects

Rachel Carson Bridge shines with colorful Energy Flow lights as fireworks explode.

“Energy Flow” on the Rachel Carson Bridge

Innovation and artistic beauty make one of Pittsburgh’s famous bridges shine! Energy Flow is a lighting installation on the Rachel Carson Bridge that debuted at Comcast Light Up Night November 18, 2016 and continues throughout 2017. Energy Flow a collaboration between environmental artist Andrea Polli and Ron Gdovic of WindStax, a Pittsburgh-based wind turbine manufacturer, with project support from Riverlife and other partners.

North Shore Habitat Restoration Project

Riverlife and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Pittsburgh District have teamed up to study the North Shore to see how a natural riverbank ecosystem could be integrated into this bustling neighborhood at the headwaters of the Ohio River.