Thursday, December 3, 2009

Gift Wrapping!

Friends of the Riverfront will be gift wrapping this year on two dates:

December 21st, LL Bean - Ross Park Mall - 9am-9pm

December 22nd, REI - Settler's Ridge - 10am-4pm

We hope to see you there!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

"Right Beside the River" DVD on sale now

Rick Sebak’s “Right Beside the River” featuring Friends of the Riverfront and the Three Rivers Heritage Trail is now on sale at Border's, the 9th floor of Macy's downtown and at

You know Rick Sebak as the iconic documentarian behind such well-known Pittsburgh films as "Kennywood Memories" and "Things That Aren't There Anymore".

Here's some more details:

"The Pittsburgh area is blessed with many rivers, and because each river has two banks, you could say we’re doubly blessed with interesting, historic and surprising things right beside our rivers. In this lively and amusing documentary, producer Rick Sebak and his team travel from Moundsville, West Virginia (home of the Grave Creek Mound and the Official Marx Toy Museum) to Vandergrift, Pennsylvania (with its curved streets and great used bookstore) to Fredericktown (where the old ferry boat still crosses the Monongahela.) We learn about archeologists in Verona, an old family farmhouse beside the Ohio, a hundred-year-old hot dog place in Brownsville, and several spots in between. In Springdale, we visit the Rachel Carson Homestead and then go back for the annual Sustainable Feast there. We pay attention to pylons along the Allegheny and Ohio River Boulevards. And in Ambridge, we marvel at the perfectly preserved historic village of Old Economy. We find out about LSTs, the huge warships that were built along the Ohio during World War II. We check out changes along the Mon Wharf, and all the wonderful joys of the biking and hiking paths that have been established along the riverbanks around Downtown Pittsburgh. We end up in a cemetery right beside the Youghiogheny in West Newton. Come on along. It’s an unpredictable and fun journey."

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Support Friends of the Riverfront on October 28

PITTSBURGH, PA – (October 21, 2009) Friends of the Riverfront is excited to announce a partnership with The Pittsburgh Foundation for the 2009 Pittsburgh’s Day of Giving, which will take place on Wednesday, October 28 beginning at 10 a.m. On this day, individuals will be able to visit to view the Friends of the Riverfront profile, make a donation, and have their donations matched at 50 cents to the dollar (minimum donation of 50 dollars, maximum of 2,500 per person). Day of Giving and Friends of the Riverfront representatives will also be present at the PPG Wintergarden in Downtown Pittsburgh at 10 a.m. for a special presentation and to collect donations in person.

The Pittsburgh Foundation is the 14th largest community foundation in the country. Since 1945, it has worked to improve the quality of life in the Pittsburgh region by evaluating and addressing community issues, promoting charitable giving, and connecting donors to the critical needs of the community.

For over a decade, Friends of the Riverfront has been on the ground and in the water, working to protect and restore the Pittsburgh region’s priceless rivers and riverfronts. It is a pioneering organization that has been involved in creating nearly all of the trails you see as you bike, hike, rollerblade or paddle along our beautiful shores. Through intense collaboration with community partners, government officials, and diverse volunteer base, our rivers and riverfronts have been transformed from industrial wastelands to international examples of environmental renewal. Funds raised through the Day of Giving will support the continued development and stewardship of the Three Rivers Heritage Trail.

For more information about Friends of the Riverfront, visit or call 412.488.0212.

Remember, matching funds are limited for this one day event. Please plan to register early by visiting

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

The Duquesne Tunnel and Trail Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Destination: DUQUESNE, along the Great Allegheny Passage 135 miles have been finished. One more gap to go!

You are cordially invited to join the Allegheny County Executive, the Mayor of the City of Duquesne, the Steel Valley Trail Council, and the Allegheny Trail Alliance to celebrate the ribbon cutting for the Duquesne Tunnel & Trail

October 2, 2009 ~ 10:30 a.m. at the RIDC Industrial Park in Duquesne

Arriving by car: Enter Grant Ave. from Rt. 837

Arriving by bicycle: Park in the McKeesport RIDC and come over the Riverton Bridge

For more information call: 724-527-6905

Monday, September 28, 2009

The Unkillable Human has returned

Friends of the Riverfront is pleased to announce that the "Unkillable Human" sculpture is back where it belongs on the Three Rivers Heritage Trail, after it was stolen and damaged a few weeks ago. The statue has been completely restored and reinstalled.

The seven foot tall iron sculpture, create by artist Frederick Franck, represents a significant installation on this segment of the Three Rivers Heritage Trail. Beside the sculpture, a granite tablet reveals the sculptor's inspiration for the piece, "came about on my return from Hiroshima, where burned into a concrete wall I saw the shadow of the fellow human evaporated the moment the Bomb struck. Through the empty negative - mere flames of steel - one sees the Human rising like a Phoenix from its ashes.

You can find our original post about the theft here:

Thursday, August 27, 2009

PNC Pittsburgh Triathlon & Adventure Race Success

The 2009 PNC Pittsburgh Triathlon & Adventure Race was a huge success! Thanks to all the athletes, sponsors, and volunteers who helped make the weekend possible. Dates for the 2010 event will be announced shortly. Results are in, and finish line photos for each athlete are online visit

"Right Beside the River," a documentary about Pittsburgh and the other cities in Western Pennsylvania

Rick Sebak just finished his latest masterpiece entitled on "Right Beside the River," a documentary about Pittsburgh and the other cities in Western Pennsylvania that are located along rivers for the Pittsburgh History Series. This PBS documentary will air on WQED starting this Thursday, August 20th at 8:00pm. Friends of the Riverfront is well represented in several of the stories including the Three Rivers Heritage Trail and Water Trail. Check out the link below for clips of the show, commentary and complete details.