What We Do
Riverlife’s staff team 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 85% of the 15-mile Three Rivers Park loop has been established and improved for public use.
Great Riverfronts Benefit Everyone
Riverlife has led a $132 million investment in creating Three Rivers Park over the past 15 years. That investment helped catalyze nearly $4.2 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.
Anna Withrow Leisher
Board of Directors
Kamal Nigam, Chair
Engineering Director and Site Lead
Cindy Donohoe, Vice Chair
Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer
Terry Wirginis, Treasurer
President and Owner
Gateway Clipper Fleet
Dusty Elias Kirk, Secretary
Reed Smith LLP
Kathleen W. Buechel
The Benter Foundation
Department of City Planning, City of Pittsburgh
Southwest Deputy Director
Office of the Governor/
Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development
David Lewis Director of Urban Design and Regional Engagement
Carnegie Mellon University School of Architecture
Office of Public Art
Chief of Staff
County Executive Rich Fitzgerald
Mary Lou McLaughlin
George Robinson II
Director of Supplier Diversity and Inclusion
Sandra E. Taylor
Falk Professor of Socially Responsible Business
Chatham University Falk School of Sustainability and Environment