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

Riverlife announces the departure of president and CEO Vivien Li

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April 13, 2018 For immediate release Download printable PDF version CONTACT: Stephan Bontrager, Riverlife (p) 412.606.2187 (cell) (e) stephan@riverlifepgh.org RiverlifePgh.org PITTSBURGH – After two and a half years as Riverlife…

“A Good Compromise”: NEXTPittsburgh’s primer on the RIV, Pittsburgh’s proposed riverfront zoning changes

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Could even more new riverfront parks, trails, and public amenities be in Pittsburgh’s future? Get ready for “the RIV.” You may have heard about the riverfront zoning updates proposed by…

Riverlife announces promotion of Stephan Bontrager to Vice President, Communications and Outreach

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March 26, 2018 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Image available CONTACT: Riverlife Newsroom (p) 412.258.6636 x 105 (e) info@riverlifepgh.org RiverlifePgh.org PITTSBURGH –Riverlife, the nonprofit organization working to reclaim, restore and promote Pittsburgh’s…

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Energy Flow Display on Rachel Carson Bridge to End April 8

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All photos by Larry Rippel PITTSBURGH – County Executive Rich Fitzgerald announced today that Energy Flow, the popular wind-powered LED lighting display on the Rachel Carson Bridge, will end its...

Riverlife planning commission testimony: Riverfront Zoning

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Riverlife president and CEO Vivien Li gave public testimony at the City of Pittsburgh Planning Commission hearing on February 20, 2018, strongly supporting City Planning’s proposed updates to Pittsburgh’s riverfront zoning. Download…

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City Planning seeks public comment on proposed riverfront zoning changes through Feb. 19

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People who own property along Pittsburgh’s 35 miles of riverfront are being encouraged to review the Pittsburgh Department of City Planning’s proposed changes to the existing riverfront zoning code and…

Riverfronts for Everyone: Video Gallery

Video: These five ingredients make Pittsburgh’s riverfronts amazing

Riverlife works to make Pittsburgh’s riverfronts cleaner, safer and more fun for everyone. In less than two minutes, you’ll find out the five ingredients it takes to make Pittsburgh’s riverfronts amazing (and enjoy some beautiful shots of our city’s waterways as well!)

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.

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.