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  1. 1. Completing the Loop 10/17/2022 NADO ATC Conference Implementation Framework
  2. 2. Presenters Maria Riley Riverfront Projects Manager 412-258-6636 x 107 maria@riverlifepgh.org
  3. 3. We believe Pittsburgh’s rivers bring life to our region. Vision We envision a Pittsburgh where thriving world-class riverfronts are essential to the region and belong to everyone. Mission We create, activate, and celebrate Pittsburgh’s riverfronts, connecting people through exceptional places and experiences. Values We elevate social equity. We center our work on the idea that the riverfronts belong to everyone and must be a model for community-driven, equitable development. We embrace innovative ideas. We tackle big challenges with creative solutions that drive transformational change. We advocate for great design. We cultivate riverfront experiences that are elevated by high-quality, community-focused, and regenerative design. We collaborate and connect. We nurture broad-based partnerships with community, philanthropy, and key stakeholders to advance our mission. We are a trusted leader. We advance a shared vision through our unique position at the intersection of economic development, arts & culture, and sustainability.
  4. 4. 31st St Bridge West End Bridge Hot Meta Bridge
  5. 5. COMPLETE & ENHANCE THE LOOP WE WILL Riverlife will accomplish its mission by completing the continuous park and trail system that kicked off in 2001 This includes: ● West End Bridge to ● Hot Metal Bridge to ● 31st St Bridge EXPAND THE LOOP WE WILL Riverlife will expand the Loop to adjacent geographies This includes: ● Hazelwood ● Chateau/Manchester ● Lawrenceville ● West End ENGAGE IN MISSION- CRITICAL ISSUES WE WILL Riverlife will engage in mission-critical issues of regional influence and impact Examples include: ● ALCOSAN Sewer Regionalization and Dropshafts ● Connect to Pittsburgh’s “Regional” Parks ● Environmental and Air Quality ● Bank Stabilization
  6. 6. Equity and Our Rivers Equity in our process Equity in our decision -making Equity in our outcomes
  7. 7. Equity and Our Rivers For every initiative that Riverlife pursues we will work with communities, organizations, and other stakeholders to ensure an equitable process. We will seek to engage a diversity of voices, ages, abilities, races, income levels, and perspectives. Through this process we have sought out as many voices as possible as we design the vision for Pittsburgh’s riverfronts. However, the design recommendations presented today are just the first step and an in-depth community engagement process will follow for each project as it is implemented. Equity in our process Equity in our decision -making Equity in our outcomes
  8. 8. Equity and Our Rivers Riverlife engages in an equitable decision- making process by being transparent about what decisions are made and what has informed those decisions. We will ensure that those making decisions (whether it be our staff, Board members, or others) represent a diversity of perspectives and lived experiences, that reflect the public who Riverlife serves. Community engagement will significantly and meaningfully inform decisions that are made about Riverlife projects. Equity in our process Equity in our decision -making Equity in our outcomes
  9. 9. Equity and Our Rivers Riverlife works to achieve equity in the outcomes of our work. This means equitably distributing the benefits and burdens of our projects, programs, and initiatives. We seek to distribute our initiatives geographically and connect historically disenfranchised neighborhoods to the rivers. We will work with communities to prevent displacement or other unintended consequences of our initiatives. We intend to make the riverfront a place that belongs to everyone, with amenities for a diversity of uses, where everyone feels welcome. Equity in our process Equity in our decision -making Equity in our outcomes
  10. 10. Partnerships
  11. 11. South Shore Riverfront Park, before
  12. 12. South Shore Riverfront Park, after
  13. 13. Mon Wharf Landing, before
  14. 14. Mon Wharf Landing, after
  15. 15. Shared Future Vision Completing the Loop Report Riverlife
  16. 16. The Completing the Loop Report identifies specific projects and programming needed to complete the Loop. The report includes specific sites for development and will guide Riverlife in carrying out its initial vision for the region’s riverfronts.
  17. 17. 75+ Interviews & Focus Groups 3600+ Public Meetings & Online Engagement 35+ Node Meetings 20+ Steering Committee Meetings 16+ Riverlife Board peer organizations, organizational stakeholders, regulatory agencies, government officials, community members, developers & property owners, river communities, environmental groups, watershed associations, arts & culture, recreation & tourism people people people people people Photo of progress? Of people?
  18. 18. The River Today
  19. 19. The Loop has been organized into 25 segments that are grouped into 9 districts CONFLUENCE Golden Triangle North Shore West Carson Street Station Square ALLEGHENY Strip District Washington’s Landing River Avenue Corridor MONONGAHELA South Side Second Avenue Corridor
  20. 20. CONNECTIVITY PLACE ECOLOGY MAINTENANCE EXPERIENCE along the river | to the neighborhoods | to the river | to bridges design quality | lighting | amenities | building activation plant community | green infrastructure | riverbank condition | tree canopy | impervious cover spatial scale | spatial character | riverbank character | destinations |programing removal of trash | vegetation | trail surface We evaluated the condition of each segment in these categories:
  21. 21. On-site Data Collection & GIS Analysis Value & Ranking Gap Analysis people Based on absolute percentage of points earned 3 GREEN segments 75% or higher 10 ORANGE segments Between 50% and 75% 12 RED segments 50% or lower
  22. 22. Scorecard Realities
  23. 23. Point State Park Point State Park West Carson Street West Carson Street
  24. 24. West End Bridge Gap District Strip District City Tow Yard River Avenue Corridor District South Side District South Side Industrial Priority Areas Much work remains to complete the vision!
  25. 25. “There is still a lot of work to do!”
  26. 26. The River Tomorrow
  27. 27. Connect people to nature Our rivers…
  28. 28. Connect people to great riverfront places Connect people to nature Our rivers…
  29. 29. Connect people to riverfront programs and activities Connect people to great riverfront places Connect people to nature Our rivers…
  30. 30. Connect Pittsburgh’s neighborhoods to the rivers Connect people to riverfront programs and activities Connect people to great riverfront places Connect people to nature Our rivers…
  31. 31. Connect people to riverfront programs and activities Connect people to great riverfront places Connect people to nature Our rivers… Connect Pittsburgh’s neighborhoods to the rivers Our rivers… need to be part of a cohesive experience
  32. 32. The River Experience
  33. 33. “We’d like to get to the river safely!” Connect Pittsburgh’s neighborhoods to the rivers What we heard...
  34. 34. “There’s a lot to learn along the rivers.” Connect people to nature What we heard...
  35. 35. “The view of the Point is world -class.” Connect people to great riverfront places What we heard...
  36. 36. “There are always new things to discover.” Connect people to riverfront programs and activities What we heard...
  37. 37. Amenities and Programming
  38. 38. Loop Amenities Catalytic Programming What makes a cohesive river experience?
  39. 39. What we heard: Trailheads Ecological restoration Outfall overlooks Rest areas Wayfinding Lighting Public Art Air quality monitors Green street connection Trail repair & improvement Loop Amenities Catalytic Programming
  40. 40. Loop Amenities Catalytic Programming What makes a cohesive river experience? For example: Trailheads Overlooks Rest areas Wayfinding Lighting Landings existing proposed
  41. 41. Loop Amenities Catalytic Programming What makes a cohesive river experience? For example: Trailheads Overlooks Rest areas Wayfinding Lighting Landings existing proposed
  42. 42. What we heard: Events & Temporary Installations Art Walks & Paddles Festivals Food Trucks Swings & Furnishings Heritage Tours Neighborhood Loops Informal Performances Pop-Up Events Fishing Long -term Programming Interactive Water Features Recreation Barges Ice Rinks Water Taxi / Ferry on the water | on the shore Loop Amenities Catalytic Programming
  43. 43. For example: Events & Temporary Installations Food Trucks Swings & Furnishings Neighborhood Loops Fishing Competitions Long -term Programming Water Features What makes a cohesive river experience? on the water | on the shore Catalytic Programming
  44. 44. Chalk Fest
  45. 45. River Rooms & Essential Projects
  46. 46. Confluence RIVER ROOM Allegheny RIVER ROOM Monongahela RIVER ROOM River Rooms are places where people come together to enjoy activities near to, next to, and on the rivers. Large-scale & small-scale places & activities Connections along & across the river Landside & waterside basic services & amenities River Rooms have a critical mass of things to do, places to see, and ways to contribute to a great river system!
  47. 47. Confluence RIVER ROOM
  48. 48. Allegheny RIVER ROOM
  49. 49. Monongahela RIVER ROOM
  50. 50. Essential Projects
  51. 51. ALLEGHENY River Room
  52. 52. Allegheny River Room Focus Area Washington’s Landing City Tow Pound Central Strip District Riverfront landing Strip District River Avenue Corridor River Avenue East River Avenue Central River Avenue West
  53. 53. ESSENTIAL PROJECT City Landing Park River Avenue District Strip District Landings & Riverbank Restoration River Avenue Trailhead and Landing Bridges
  54. 54. ESSENTIAL PROJECT City Landing Park
  55. 55. Strip District Strip District Hill District North Side
  56. 56. Strip District
  57. 57. Strip District
  58. 58. Strip District
  59. 59. Strip District
  60. 60. Strip District
  61. 61. Focus Area - 31st Street Tow Pound Repositioning the site is a City priority . Riverlife is assisting the City in imagining the future of the site.
  62. 62. Moving forward... We will advocate for Mixed use Mixed income Public space & river access Bridge connection Sense of place Accessible to all
  63. 63. commercial or parking residential commercial cafe kiosk active passive active landing passive
  64. 64. dramatic flyover landing in a forest connection
  65. 65. commercial or parking Affordable Housing ground floor public uses commercial residential
  66. 66. cafe plaza places to meet river oriented convenience kiosk
  67. 67. spaces to play active
  68. 68. passive places to rest
  69. 69. many ways to engage the river Water access
  70. 70. BIG MOVES Create a public park to provide much needed green space for the Strip District. Bring life to the site with complimentary development such as affordable housing and mixed use. Plan for unique activities on and off the river that will become a destination on the Loop .
  71. 71. CONFLUENCE River Room
  72. 72. Confluence River Room FOCUS AREA West End Bridge Gap West End Bridge West Carson Street Gateway View Plaza North Shore North Shore West North Shore Central North Shore Ease Station Square Station Square Point View Station Square Central Station Square East Golden Triangle Point State Park Allegheny Riverfront Monongahela Riverfront
  73. 73. Allegheny Landing Renovation WEST END BRIDGE Manchester -Chateau Connector & Saw Mill Run Park Allegheny Riverfront Park Renovation
  74. 74. ESSENTIAL PROJECT WEST END BRIDGE Manchester-Chateau Connector & Saw Mill Run Park
  75. 75. This is the Loop’s most remote location. ~¾” to the Duquesne Incline ~½ mile to Manchester ~¼ mile to the West End
  76. 76. This is the Loop’s most remote location. ~¾” to the Duquesne Incline ~½ mile to Manchester ~¼ mile to the West End Saw Mill Run can only be seen through at the bottom of a concrete channel.
  77. 77. It is difficult to get to the river on both ends of the bridge.
  78. 78. It is difficult to get to the river on both ends of the bridge. It is inhospitable under the bridge.
  79. 79. Getting onto the West End Bridge is tough, but the views are worth it!
  80. 80. Getting onto the West End Bridge is tough, but the views are worth it!
  81. 81. Saw Mill Run Park
  82. 82. WEST END BIG MOVES Celebrate the West End Bridge ! Create the Saw Mill Run gateway park and a portal catalyzing future trail connections to the west. Create an accessible route from the West End Bridge to Saw Mill Run Park. Improve walk/bike access to and from the West End .
  83. 83. Upper Deck Getting to the West End
  84. 84. Upper Deck Getting to the West End West End Circle
  85. 85. Upper Deck Getting to the West End West End Circle
  86. 86. Upper Deck Bridge Expansion & Accessible Path
  87. 87. Upper Deck Bridge Expansion & Accessible Path
  88. 88. Bridge expansion Upper Deck Bridge Expansion & Accessible Path
  89. 89. Upper Deck Bridge Expansion & Accessible Path Overlook
  90. 90. Bridge expansion Upper Deck Bridge Expansion & Accessible Path Overlook Accessible path to ground level
  91. 91. Bridge expansion Upper Deck Bridge Expansion & Accessible Path Overlook Accessible path to river Accessible path to ground level
  92. 92. Upper Deck Bridge Expansion & Accessible Path
  93. 93. Upper Deck Bridge Expansion & Accessible Path
  94. 94. Upper Deck Bridge Expansion & Accessible Path
  95. 95. Ground Level Saw Mill Run Park and Path Extension
  96. 96. Ground Level Saw Mill Run Park and Path Extension
  97. 97. Ground Level Saw Mill Run Park and Path Extension Trailhead, public plaza, cafe or other trailhead amenities Open and safe below-grade crossing Public docks Riverside park area
  98. 98. Upper Level Saw Mill Run Park and Path Extension Area of expanded sidewalk Ramp to ground level Ramp Carson St Crossing Ramp to pedestrian/bike railroad tunnel connection to West End
  99. 99. Manchester -Chateau Connector
  100. 100. BIG MOVES Celebrate the West End Bridge ! Create a multi-use gateway park for Manchester and a portal for the trail. Create a pleasant and accessible route from the Manchester to the portal park and beyond.
  101. 101. Upper Deck Site Plan
  102. 102. Upper Deck Site Plan Continuous direct connection Manchester <> the river
  103. 103. Upper Deck Site Plan Continuous direct connection Manchester to the river Gateways to bring visitors to the river
  104. 104. Upper Deck Site Plan Continuous direct connection Manchester to the river Gateways to bring visitors to the river Accessible ramp
  105. 105. Upper Deck Site Plan Accessible ramp
  106. 106. Underbridge Park Ground Level Site Plan
  107. 107. Underbridge Park Ground Level Site Plan
  108. 108. Underbridge Park Ground Level Site Plan
  109. 109. Underbridge Park Ground Level Site Plan
  110. 110. Underbridge Park Existing Conditions
  111. 111. Continuous direct connection Manchester to the river! Underbridge Park Permanent improvements &seasonal activities
  112. 112. Community Engagement - West End Boat Tour
  113. 113. West End Boat Tour Community engagement
  114. 114. Community Engagement - Partners for Places
  115. 115. Manchester -Chateau Connector Partners for Places Community engagement April 23, 2022 walk to the river
  116. 116. Kayak Launch onto Saw Mill Run
  117. 117. Trail Improvements
  118. 118. Picnic/Bike Respite
  119. 119. Pond and Gazebo
  120. 120. Playground with Spray Play
  121. 121. SAFE PASSAGE TO THE RIVER
  122. 122. Open Air Cooking Community Space
  123. 123. 5 Votes 4 Votes 3 Votes 3 Votes 2 Votes 1 Vote 1 Vote
  124. 124. Current Efforts - Sister Bridges Room
  125. 125. Allegheny Landing Park Allegheny Riverfront Park Sister Bridges Room Includes the parks on both sides of the river, the bridges, and the water sheet itself. Goal is to create a space that people see as contiguous - that the water is not a barrier, but an experience.
  126. 126. Current Efforts - Allegheny Landing
  127. 127. 2018
  128. 128. Current Efforts - Allegheny Riverfront Park
  129. 129. 1998 & 2001 Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Inc.
  130. 130. (Michael Van Valkenburgh and Associates) 2018
  131. 131. Connect people to riverfront programs and activities Connect people to great riverfront places Connect people to nature Our rivers… Connect Pittsburgh’s neighborhoods to the rivers Our rivers… need a shared vision to be a world class experience!
  132. 132. Sign the petition to support Visit riverlifepgh.org/loop for more.
  133. 133. Q & A
  134. 134. Table Discussion 1. What are the biggest opportunities and challenges you are facing in riverfront or community development in your region? 2. What community engagement strategies do you use? Which are successful vs unsuccessful? 3. Who are the key stakeholders you work with? Developers, public agencies, community groups, etc.
  135. 135. Thank you!

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