Photos: Pennsylvania Legislators join Riverlife for boat tour of Pittsburgh’s rivers
On Thursday, May 26th Riverlife hosted a group of bipartisan legislators for a boat tour of Pittsburgh’s rivers. The tour on the Rivers of Steel’s Explorer Riverboat was an opportunity to show off Pittsburgh’s waterways and the progress made over the last two decades, including the restoration of the Point State Park Fountain and the creation of the Mon Wharf Switchback.
Riverlife staff also shared the Completing the Loop vision plan, which proposes ambitious improvements to the 15-mile, 1,055-acre downtown loop of riverfront parks, trails, and public open space.
Many of the proposed projects identified in the Completing the Loop plan are eligible for funding through Pennsylvania’s Waterfront Development Tax Credit, a program that encourages private investment in organizations like Riverlife that create thriving and accessible waterfront spaces across the Commonwealth.
Last year, Riverlife’s project at Allegheny Landing Park on the North Shore received funding through the program to restore the Park’s boat dock and make improvements to the lower trail. The broken dock has been a safety hazard since it was destroyed by an ice floe in 2018 and has restricted access to an important water connection for the boating community. With funding from the tax credit program, restoration of the dock began earlier this year.
We are grateful to the legislators who joined us on the tour and look forward to working together to keep Pittsburgh’s riverfronts safe, accessible, and enjoyable for everyone. Thank you to Rivers of Steel for their partnership and warm hospitality on the Explorer Riverboat.