Friends of the Riverfront
Courtesy of Friends of the Riverfront.

Three Rivers Heritage Trail
April 8
10 a.m.—3 p.m.

Major League Baseball is not the only game in town celebrating opening day. This weekend, kick off the outdoor recreation season, mark Friends of the Riverfront’s 15th anniversary and help preserve our ecological landmarks at this unique free event.

Baron Batch
Artwork donated by Baron Batch of Studio AM.

Dubbed “Three Rivers Art Drop: You Are Made To Bloom,” the eco-event is being held in conjunction with National Opening Day of Trails.

After spending the past 15 years focused on long-term stewardship of the popular Three Rivers Heritage Trail, Friends of the Riverfront has teamed up with Homestead-based gallery Studio AM—run by artist and former Steelers running back Baron Batch—to bring interactive art experiences and painting to the South Side amenity.

Starting at 10 a.m., attendees are invited to hit the trail—which encompasses 25 miles along both banks of the Allegheny, Monongahela and Ohio rivers—to search for strategically placed original works of art, and can even take one home for free.

Trail-goers will also hunt for free tickets to Carnegie Museum of Art and Carnegie Science Center which will be attached to the some of the artwork along the City’s riverfronts.

The event’s headquarters—near the 4th Street trailhead on the South Side—will feature free hands-on activities, workshops, and live painting demonstrations by artists from Studio AM.

Friends of the Riverfront
Courtesy Friends of the Riverfront.

The festivities will also feature bike maintenance workshops and raffles for outdoor gear led by REI, refreshments from local eateries, and free resources from the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, Pennsylvania Environmental Council and Friends of the Riverfront.

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Jennifer BaronArts & Entertainment / Jobs Editor

Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator of Handmade Arcade. Musically, she is in a band called The Garment District and is a founding member of Brooklyn's The Ladybug Transistor.