South Shore Riverfront Park

Pittsburgh, PA

The Target

The aim of the project was to convert a former steel mill into a park that connects the community.


At the SouthSide Works in Pittsburgh’s South Side neighborhood, a former steel mill barge dock has been converted to a riverfront park.

An innovative project that straddles a railroad tunnel and overcomes a 40 foot drop in elevation to provide access to the Monongahela River.

The new park provides a welcoming link to Pittsburgh creative class who live, work, and shop at the SouthSide Works. Switchback terraces connect upper and lower plazas to create an exciting outdoor public space for recreation, relaxation and special events.

South Shore Riverfront Park also serves as an important connection for the Great Allegheny Passage and Three Rivers Heritage Trail.

The park’s irrigation system is fed from storm water collection tanks and controlled by an evapotranspiration-based control system with an on-site weather station.