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Mark M
Riverview Avenue
(Observatory Hill)
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the project

RP Day will be a fun-filled family-friendly event for people to use and appreciate Riverview Park.  It will create positive attention to Riverview Park and the Northside with a unique day-long event that will include a first-ever Cyclocross Bike Race in a city park. We will also have activity tables, history walks, nature hikes and a volunteer recognition ceremony. 

The event will also draw people to the Park to make them aware of its beauties and what it offers (bike riding, mountain biking, hiking, historic tours, etc.).  We will also use the event to recruit volunteers to the Park for trail maintenance, tree and flower plantings, and other activities and we will recognize volunteers that have made a significant contribution to the park in the past year.  Finally, we will use the event to publicize existing and planned projects within Riverview Park.

In addition to bringing attention to Riverview Park, our goal is to raise at least $50,000 at this event.  We have a commitment to match all contributions made, so this is an opportunity to double your donation.  Funds raised at the event will be used to help pay for staff, in cooperation with Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, to provide funding to secure preliminary design assistance for several major projects (Davis Avenue Bike – Pedestrian Bridge, Public Works Depot relocation, and several stormwater management projects) as well as provide funding for smaller trail improvement projects and the reconstruction of Watson’s Cabin.  We would appreciate any contribution you can make.

Friends of Riverview Park (a committee of the Northside Leadership Conference) encourages and guides improvements to the ecology of Riverview Park so that it can be enjoyed for generations to come; provides guidance and input for planning, fundraising, and implementing improvements to the built environment within Riverview Park; insures better connections between Riverview Park, surrounding neighborhoods, Allegheny Commons Park, and the regional Riverfront Trail network; protects the integrity of Riverview Park while working to encourage the evolution of its design and uses; and advocates for ongoing management and maintenance of the Park.

Friends of Riverview Park works closely with the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, the City of Pittsburgh and the Northside Leadership Conference.  Your contribution is tax deductible.  The Northside Leadership Conference is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt corporation.  The official registration and financial information of Northside Leadership Conference Inc. may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll free, within Pennsylvania, 1-800-732-0999.  Registration does not imply endorsement.  

the steps

We will hold RP Day on 9/8/2018

We will work with the City of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority to finish design of the Mairdale Street entrance and stormwater managment project.

We will work with the City of Pittsburgh to reduce the footprint of the Public Works Depot, specifically advocating for the removal of materials storgage from the Centennial Shelter site and the relocation of trash and recycling dumpsters and tire recycling away from the Grand Avenue Shelter.

We will work with the city and engage a design professional to get conceptual drawings of the Davis Avenue Bridge.

We will work with the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy and the City of Pittsburgh to change trail maintenance practices and will also work to redesign existing trail network to prevent damage from washouts.


why we're doing it

Riverview Park has been neglected for many years.  Although one of the official regional asset parks, basic maintenance has been deferred for the past two decades.  Also, the Park has suffered ecologically and suffers accelerated erosion and a continually declining ecology.  It is also a park that has few connections to surrounding neighborhoods.  One of the last three connections, the Davis Avenue Bridge, was demolished a decade ago. 

Friends of Riverview Park was formed to change this and to make the park an asset for the surrounding community, to make more and better connections, and to raise money to invest in the Park.


Disbursed Budget 1.23.19: 

RP Day – Our Day in Riverview Park Expenses September 8, 2018

RAISED = $700.00
less ioby Platform Fee  waived
less ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $20.39


Oringal Budget:

RP Day Event Expenses - 

Project Subtotal =  $50,000
ioby Platform Fee  $35
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $1,500
Total to raise on ioby = $51,535



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