You help make Pittsburgh’s riverfronts better for everyone.

Riverlife is a nonprofit organization that collaborates with property owners, public officials, and community groups to create new parks, trails, real estate development and economic opportunity. While our primary focus is Pittsburgh, we 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

‘to be determined’ presents Displaced: Photos by Maranie Staab

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"Displaced: Photos by Maranie Staab" is presented during the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival as part of Riverlife's 'to be determined' series. 'to be determined' was developed by Riverlife...

‘to be determined’ presents Take a Seat! under the Fort Duquesne Bridge

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Riverlife presents 'to be determined': Take a Seat! Take a Seat! is an interactive installation of movable chairs on the riverfront and the latest chapter in Riverlife's 'to be determined'...
View of the Switchback construction site and Mon Wharf Landing from the Smithfield Street Bridge.

Mon Wharf Switchback site prepped for construction to begin

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A long time coming, the Mon Wharf Switchback ramp project is moving forward in a big way. Last week the eastern end of the Mon Wharf was prepared for construction...

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.