Mission: Steward safe, clean, and accessible riverfront and water trails throughout the Three Rivers Heritage Trail system, create an outstanding experience for trail users, and provide economic, environmental, and wellness benefits to the residents and visitors of the Pittsburgh region.
Results: Since 1991, Friends of the Riverfront has worked to protect and restore the riverfront in the Pittsburgh region through trail development and stewardship after decades of legacy pollution. The Three Rivers Heritage Trail now encompasses nearly 30 miles of urban and suburban riverfront trails along both banks of the Allegheny, Monongahela, and Ohio rivers. Through broad and diverse collaborations, we continue to work towards and promote environmental restoration, economic vitality, and public health benefits for Allegheny County and Southwestern Pennsylvania.
Target demographics: Develop and steward the Three Rivers Heritage and Water Trail Systems
Direct beneficiaries per year: Nearly 900,000 trail users
Geographic areas served: Allegheny County
Programs: Individual, community, and corporate volunteer opportunities, environmental education on the trails, and health and wellness programs
I use trails created or helped along by FotR several times a week. Specifically I use the trail system in the South Side, the Eliza Furnace Trail, and the trails from the point and up towards Lawrenceville.
These trails are one of the important things I like about our city. And I see them as a big draw for young people.
I don't know how this organization is run internally, but they seem to have produced some great results