Our PROGRAM COMMITTEE just released “Connecting the Loop,” a plan for developing a continuous system of trails and water landings connecting destinations around the confluence and encouraging a variety of uses. This committee will also examine and compare Pittsburgh’s wealth of outdoor festivals, races and cultural activities with those of other waterfront cities in order to design a model for the long-term management and sustainable maintenance of Three Rivers Park. It is our 2003 goal to identify best practices in programming and management.

Our DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE has raised $2.8 million towards a four-year goal of $3.2 million to support Task Force operations, including a special fund dedicated to providing catalytic resources for addressing unforeseen issues.

Our LIGHTING COMMITTEE began to look at possibilities for lighting the riverfront trails, edges, bridges and boulevards within Three Rivers Park with the goal of developing safe, beautiful lighting schemes to create an exciting sense of place at night as well as during the day.

A newly-formed CONSERVATION COMMITTEE will advocate for water quality improvements, eco-system enhancements and green building practices.

ADVOCACY

Riverlife has been actively engaged in the discussion of the Mon-Fayette Expressway and the location of its proposed route along the Monongahela. The Task Force continues to look for opportunities to improve riverfront access in communities otherwise confined by roadways and infrastructure.

Discussions with PennDOT and the City and the County to affect new and improved construction policies for roadway enhancements have been positive and productive. This Fall, Riverlife joined PennDOT, the AIA, and the Heinz Endowments to unveil the new “Pennsylvania Barrier,” that ensures safety and improves sightlines for “highway tourists” on our bridges and riverfront boulevards. The Riverlife Task Force continues to work with the public sector on plans to restore the 16th Street and 31st Street Bridges and McArdle Roadway.

The Public Finance Committee worked with the Sports & Exhibition Authority and legislators to seek support of public funds for the design and construction of the Convention Center riverfront park. Senator Arlen Specter announced a $1.2 million federal appropriation in 2003 for a waterfront park in front of the Convention Center.

COMMUNICATIONS

In a new program called “Find the Rivers!,” Riverlife is working with the Community Partners Institute, Carnegie Mellon’s School of Architecture and the Hill District Consensus Group to discover both physical and emotional connections between Hill District residents and the rivers. University students, community members and planning professionals are working together to explore the role of the rivers in advancing quality of life and economic development for the Hill District community—a program we hope will become a model for other communities.

Riverlife will continue to bring in national experts to address a variety of issues pertinent to the successful development of Three Rivers Park.

The Task Force was honored to receive national media attention in a major article, “Three Rivers Rising,” published by the acclaimed Urban Land Institute on the success and challenges of Riverlife.

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