What We Do
Riverlife works every day with developers, land owners, and neighborhood groups on issues of riverfront design, access, amenities and programming in Pittsburgh and the region. Find out how you can work with us.
Creating a Vision for Pittsburgh: A Brief History
Riverlife is a nonprofit organization formed in 1999 by people like you who saw the opportunity to create a plan for the redevelopment of Pittsburgh’s downtown riverfronts. We conducted hundreds of public meetings and gathered feedback from thousands of residents and visitors, asking:
“What would you like to see along Pittsburgh’s riverbanks?”
Working from the feedback of the community, Riverlife released a vision plan in 2000 for a downtown riverfront park system called Three Rivers Park. Piece by piece, working with land owners, developers, neighborhood groups and elected officials, the Three Rivers Park vision is being realized. Through Riverlife’s leadership, more than 80% of the 13-mile Three Rivers Park loop has been established and improved for public use.
Great Riverfronts Benefit Everyone
Riverlife has led a $129 million investment in creating Three Rivers Park over the past 15 years. That investment helped catalyze nearly $4.1 billion in total riverfront and adjacent development in downtown Pittsburgh. In addition to real estate development, that also means new public trail connections, parks and amenities on Pittsburgh’s riverfronts.
To reclaim, restore and promote Pittsburgh’s riverfronts as the environmental, recreational, cultural and economic hub for the people of this region and our visitors.
Contact our staff below to see how you can be a part of the movement to make Pittsburgh’s riverfronts amazing destinations for our citizens and visitors.
Board of Directors
Margaret McCormick Barron, Chair
Barron Strategic Advisor in communications & government relations
Ralph Falbo, Secretary
CEO, Ralph A. Falbo, Inc.
Terry Wirginis, Treasurer
President, Gateway Clipper Fleet
Edie Shapira, Assistant Treasurer
President, The Buhl Foundation
Kathleen W. Buechel
Executive Director, The Benter Foundation
Senior Vice President, Marketing, Highmark Health
Nancy Fales, Development Chair
City Planning Director, City of Pittsburgh
Charles Hammel III
President & CEO, PITT OHIO
Dusty Elias Kirk
Partner, Reed Smith
Chief of Staff, Allegheny County Executive’s Office
Mary Lou McLaughlin
Director, Governor’s Southwestern PA Office
Engineering Director, Google Pittsburgh
Paul H. O’Neill, Jr.
Managing Member, O’Neill Alpha Fund
President, The Heinz Endowments
Principal, Urban Design Associates
Associate Director, Richard King Mellon Foundation