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
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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…

Riverlife announces semifinalists for ‘tbd’ riverfront improvements under the Ft. Duquesne Bridge

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Riverlife’s 'to be determined' ('tbd') program is looking for the next big idea for the riverfront under the Fort Duquesne Bridge in downtown Pittsburgh. After a worldwide call for artists...

You’re invited: Meet the #TBD Semifinalists, Friday January 26 at Bricolage Theater

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Riverlife's "to be determined" Open House: Meet the Semifinalists! Friday, January 26, 2018 Drop in between 12:00-3:00 pm Bricolage Theater 937 Liberty Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15222 [map] ​Riverlife's "to be...

$4.1M investment announced for Morgantown riverfront improvements

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Big news for our neighbors in the Mon Valley: Morgantown, West Virginia has been awarded $4.1 million in grant funding from the Hazel Ruby McQuain Charitable Trust for enhancements to…

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.

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.