Allegheny Riverfront Park is owned by the City of Pittsburgh. In 1994, planning began on land that was defined by multilevel high-speed roadways and a desolate riverfront parking lot between the 6th, 7th, and 9th Street Bridges – now named for Roberto Clemente, Andy Warhol, and Rachel Carson, respectively, and known as the Sister Bridges.

Led by Carol Brown, then-president of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, the planning effort selected Brooklyn-based Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates and artists Ann Hamilton and Michael Mercil to work collaboratively on a design that would create pedestrian access to the river’s edge. It would incorporate visual art into a new landscape of riverfront trees and boulders, transforming an underutilized riverfront into a destination. The lower level of the park was completed in 1998, and the upper level was completed and open to the public with the dedication in 2000.

After two decades of being “loved to death,” the upper level of Allegheny Riverfront Park is being re-envisioned as part of Riverlife’s Completing the Loop vision plan. The park is in dire need of restoration to improve accessibility and provide a world-class experience for park users while honoring the history of the prominent riverfront landscape. In 2021, Riverlife, the City of Pittsburgh, and the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust entered into a partnership to complete a $6.3 million restoration of Allegheny Riverfront Park. Riverlife, the Trust, and the City of Pittsburgh are working with original park designers Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Inc. and local landscape architecture firm LaQuatra Bonci Associates to restore the upper level.

Measures will include replacement of existing pavement, new site grading for improved accessibility and visibility, installation of new amenities, refurbishment of existing light posts and railings, tree pruning, planting soil amendments, and perennial planting. Riverlife anticipates construction to begin later in 2024.

Invitation to Bid (June 12 - July 12, 2024)

Riverlife is requesting bid proposals for the Allegheny Riverfront Park Upper Level Restoration on behalf of the City of Pittsburgh as the Property Owner of Record and other federal, state and local grant resources. Please review the following list that highlights information associated with the project that may be helpful in your bidding process. Bidders should review the Bidding Documents in their entirety for a complete discussion of the items highlighted in the file linked below.

On February 21, 2023, Riverlife hosted a virtual public forum to view the proposed design for Allegheny Riverfront Park, presented by LaQuatra Bonci Associates and Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Inc. You can watch a recording below:

2/21/2023 Public Meeting

Riverlife held a virtual community feedback session on December 15th, 2022.

You can watch a recording of that event below:

12/15/2022 Public Meeting