Pittsburgh’s riverfront parks and trails: the Downtown loop
More info on Pittsburgh’s riverfront parks, trails, and experiences
Since 1999, Riverlife has worked to build a 15-mile, 880-acre wishbone-shaped loop of riverfront open spaces and experiences centered around the heart of downtown Pittsburgh. The loop’s current boundaries are defined by the West End Bridge and the Chateau riverfront on the Ohio River; the 31st Street Bridge on the Allegheny; and the Hot Metal Bridge near SouthSide Works on the Monongahela.
While the loop is roughly 85% connected, gaps remain in the riverfront experience. Riverlife continues our work to find solutions for those missing links. It’s also important to remember that the loop will continue to expand as new projects and connections outside of the current boundaries grow and thrive.
Many Partners, One Vision
Pittsburgh’s downtown riverfront loop is comprised of both public and private property that has been developed to include access and enjoyment for everyone. These riverfront spaces are owned and managed by different stakeholders depending on the location. Partner organizations and public entities have a long history of trail development, ecological restoration, neighborhood planning, and special events that have connected and continue to enrich the city’s riverfront experience.
Find out more about the individual destinations throughout the park below.
Destinations, Highlights & Riverlife Projects
The Green Boulevard plan examines the future opportunities for development, transportation and public open space in the Strip District, Lawrenceville, Highland Park and Morningside.
Formerly a staging area for barges and a downtown by-pass highway, the David L. Lawrence Convention Center Riverfront Plaza welcomes visitors arriving by boat, bike and foot.
The Mon Wharf Switchback Ramp connects cyclists using the Smithfield Street Bridge, Eliza Furnace “Jail Trail” and Great Allegheny Passage safely and smoothly down to the Mon Wharf Landing.
Riverlife and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Pittsburgh District have teamed up to see how a natural riverbank ecosystem could be integrated into the headwaters of the Ohio River.
The North Shore is a waterfront gathering space that links together entertainment venues, restaurants, office buildings and cultural amenities with public green space.
Extending underneath the Birmingham Bridge along the Mon River in Pittsburgh’s South Side neighborhood, the park features picnic space, a public boat launch and canoe launch.
The vision for Strip District Riverfront Park focuses on the Allegheny riverfront between 11th Street near the David L. Lawrence Convention Center and the 31st Street Bridge.
Riverlife’s series of art and activation to enliven a stretch of riverfront trail under the Fort Duquesne Bridge. The program launched in 2015 with the installation of a 750-foot mural.