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

Riverlife testimony at Pittsburgh Planning Commission Hearing

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Riverlife President and CEO Vivien Li testimony regarding North Shore Office Building by Continental Real Estate Companies (PDF) North Shore photo by Maranie Rae

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

Riverlife’s 2016 Year in Review

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"Energy Flow" on the Rachel Carson Bridge. Photo by Larry Rippel. 2016 was a big year for Riverlife. Here are some highlights, made possible with your support. Riverfront improvements here...
Rowers paddle by Pittsburgh's Convention Center on the Allegheny River.

Listen now: Can Recreation Help Revitalize Small Towns on the Ohio River?

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Riverlife’s Nina Chase talks to West Virginia Public Radio via The Allegheny Front about how building riverfront public open space and amenities for recreation can have a significant economic impact…

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.

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

“Energy Flow” on the Rachel Carson Bridge

This holiday season you’ll see one of Pittsburgh’s famous bridges shining with a special lighting installation! Energy Flow debuted at dusk on Comcast Light Up Night November 18, 2016 and is a collaboration between environmental artist Andrea Polli and Ron Gdovic of WindStax, a Pittsburgh-based wind turbine manufacturer.