Posted on January 29, 2015
Restoring Pittsburgh’s Waterfronts
Equally committed to water reclamation and restoration in the region is Lisa Schroeder, the former CEO and president of Riverlife. From its founding in 1999 until she left at the end of 2014 to return to her native Baltimore, she led Riverlife in advocating for riverfront development projects including trails, parks, and public spaces. Under her direction, Riverlife has successfully transformed Pittsburgh’s riverfronts into an environmental, recreational, cultural, and economic hub for the region. A grant of $250,000 awarded late in 2014 will enable Riverlife to continue these endeavors as it searches for Ms. Schroeder’s successor.
The centerpiece of this development is Three Rivers Park, a 13-mile continuous loop of riverfront parks and trails along the Allegheny, Monongahela, and Ohio rivers in downtown Pittsburgh. Once fully complete, this urban waterfront park will provide access to new outdoor space, trails, water landings, fountains, and marinas, as well as hotels, businesses, and entertainment and cultural venues. The value of these accomplishments has been recognized by an American Institute of Architects (AIA) Honor Award in Urban Planning and Design and the Merit Award in Planning from the International Downtown Association for Riverlife’s Vision Plan for Pittsburgh’s riverfronts in 2002. Additionally, in 2012, Ms. Schroeder received a Gold Medal award from AIA Pittsburgh.