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: 2 cases of riverfront building signage

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Riverlife participated in two separate cases before the Pittsburgh Zoning Board of Adjustment involving signage on riverfront buildings. Download a PDF of Riverlife’s position on proposed variance requests for signage at…

“Rivers can breathe new life into neighborhoods”: Your voice needed for the Waterfronts That Work survey

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"The riverfronts are for all to enjoy." "We must recognize the importance of the riverfronts in Pittsburgh's history." "Rivers can breathe new life into neighborhoods." What topics related to Pittsburgh's...
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“Waterfronts that Work” Summit on March 16 to discuss solutions for active city riverfronts

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Pittsburgh’s riverfronts are booming. With such rapid growth, how can our rivers support different needs for industry, housing, the environment, recreation and entertainment? On Thursday, March 16, the City of…

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

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.

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.