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

Pierogi Fest makes its Kennywood debut September 24, benefiting Riverlife

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This Sunday, September 24, Pittsburgh once again proves why it’s the #CityOfDumplings. Pittsburgh Pierogi Festival returns for its fifth year in a brand new location: Kennywood Amusement Park! What could…

Steel supports are put into place at the Mon Wharf site. These four beams will support the portion of the ramp that extends upstream of the Smithfield Street Bridge before it doubles back downstream.

Mon Wharf Switchback Ramp goes vertical!

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Major progress this week for the Mon Wharf Switchback project, a collaboration between Riverlife and the City of Pittsburgh! When complete, the Switchback will create a vital missing link in the…

Request for Quote: Strategic Planning Consultant

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Riverlife is soliciting quotes from qualified contractors for the development of a 3-year strategic plan that will guide the organization’s priorities and investments. Project Description Excerpt: With its current strategic…

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.