Situated along the Allegheny River immediately adjacent ot the City of Pittsburgh, the development of the nearly 14-acre Aspinwall Riverfront Park (ARP) has provided the community with public access to its riverfront, something the it has not had for more than 100 years. The Park is located on a working waterfront that includes private marinas, a federal dam facility, a water treatment facility and a metal scrap yard. EP&D was retained to develop a Master Plan that leverages the working waterfront to create a fiscally sustainable development model. The Master Plan maintains the existing private marina and capitalizes on some shared amenities; revenues from the marina operations will fund Park maintenance.
The Master Plan's design concept, “Raindrops to River”, furthers the principal of sustainable development through the implementation of passive storm water management best practices, a landform amphitheater, a manmade wetland and a partnership with the neighboring Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority facility. This learning landscape will teach future generations about sustainable water management.
ARP serves as a an important link in the proposed Erie to Pittsburgh Trail, and accommodates its future construction, as well as providing over a mile of internal trails through man-made wetlands and a successional landscapes. Other key features include a one-of-a-kind island barge with water access and a public “beach,” public art and landscape sculpture.