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.

Riverlife is here to help. What would you like to do on the rivers?

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What’s Happening on Pittsburgh’s Riverfronts

Save the date: Riverlife’s 10th Annual Party at the Pier is August 23

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Mark your calendar for an unforgettable night on the riverfront ten years in the making. 2019 is a big year for Riverlife. We're celebrating our 20th anniversary of reclaiming, restoring...

Before the switchback: historic photos of the Mon Wharf

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Pittsburgh's Mon Wharf rests on the northern bank of the Monongahela River along the southern edge of Downtown between Pittsburgh's Point and the Smithfield Street Bridge upriver. For over a...

Photos: Mon Wharf Switchback ribbon cutting celebration

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Not even the winter weather could keep the smiles off our faces as we celebrated the newest connection to Pittsburgh's riverfront! "Warm Up at the Wharf" was the grand opening...
Joggers head downriver on the newly opened switchback ramp on a sunny day.

News release: Mon Wharf Switchback ramp complete; “Warm up at the Wharf” ribbon cutting celebration Tuesday, December 4

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RIVERLIFE NEWS RELEASE For immediate release December 3, 2018 Download a printable PDF version of this news release. CONTACT: Stephan Bontrager, Riverlife (p) 412-258-6636 x 105 / (c) 412-606-2187 (e) Stephan@riverlifepgh.org…

Mon Wharf Switchback official opening celebration on Tuesday, December 4

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Riverlife and the City of Pittsburgh invite you to “Warm Up at the Wharf” Official Public Opening Celebrationcfor the Mon Wharf Switchback Ramp Tuesday, December 4, 2018 – Procession starts…

Three Rivers Park vision plan drawing

Then and now: the vision for a riverfront loop in Pittsburgh

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2019 marks Riverlife's 20th anniversary and we have a lot to celebrate. That's 20 years of working with the community to make Pittsburgh's riverfronts the green face of the city....

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.

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South Shore Riverfront Park

South Shore Riverfront Park, a 3.4 acre park on the southern bank of the Monongahela River in Pittsburgh’s vibrant South Side neighborhood, opened to the public in 2012. The park serves as an important connection for the Great Allegheny Passage and Three Rivers Heritage Trail. Situated on the former site of the J&L Steel mill, the park not only offers a beautiful setting for recreation and relaxation, but also pays tribute to Pittsburgh’s steel manufacturing history.