After a 2018 snowstorm left the Allegheny Landing dock on the North Shore completely unusable, Pittsburgh boaters faced a gap in access to the rivers. But that’s about to be fixed as the dock and surrounding park will see a much-needed revitalization.

Riverlife announced on Thursday that the organization is beginning a multi-phase plan to complete “highly visible and necessary waterfront improvements” at the Allegheny Landing park and dock. The park was Pittsburgh’s first sculpture park when it was built in the 1980s, and Riverlife has been working to restore it over the last three years with new seating and lighting. Adding back the river access is the next step in the process. 

The Allegheny Landing dock has been unusable since 2018. Photo courtesy of Riverlife.

“The dock at Allegheny Landing has been sorely missed,” Riverlife President and CEO Matt Galluzzo said in a release. “We — along with boaters, kayakers and everyone who utilizes the river — are very much looking forward to the beginning of construction.” 

Demolition of the remains of the dock structure begins this week by Marion Hill Associates. Frank J. Zottola Construction is in charge of building the new dock.

Allegheny Landing Park
Allegheny Landing Park. Photo courtesy of Riverlife.

The announcement comes as part of Riverlife’s $246.8 million plan to create a 15-mile loop of trails, parks and even a river barge for swimming.

“This is just one part of a bigger project, which will ultimately include connectivity to Allegheny Riverfront Park and the Sister Bridges,” says Alex Lancianese, marketing & communications manager for Riverlife.

Funding for the project comes from the Waterfront Development Tax Credit program, sponsored by corporate donors including First National Bank, Duquesne Light Company, Lampe Financial, PJ Dick and UPMC Health Plan. The Allegheny Foundation, The Buhl Foundation, The Pittsburgh Foundation, EQT Foundation, The Jack Buncher Foundation and the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy are also providing funding for the renovations.

Cristina Holtzer is NEXTpittsburgh's Digital Editor. When she’s not laughing too hard at TikTok, Crissy can be found working on her novel or playing the Sims. Read her work in Everyday Health, The Kitchn, Pittsburgh Magazine, Inc and more.