Ecology

Whenever possible, the design calls for the regrading of riverside slopes to a more gradual, terraced situation to support the reestablishment of native plantings. These native plant communities and softer edge conditions will in turn support some of the critical and threatened species of fauna along the river, helping to restore the ecological function of the river’s edge from its earlier compromised industrial condition. 

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The 57,000 Pittsburgh residents living within a mile of the Strip District would collectively save up to an estimated $17.1 million annually in health costs through the use of the riverfront park for exercise.

Within the proposed open space, each tree would remove between 300 and 700 pounds of carbon annually. The proposed open space improvements would add approximately 15 acres of new open space and 1.5 miles of extended trail. The projected ridership along the Allegheny riverfront trail is expected to reach up to 2,105 riders per day, which would reduce up to 300,000 vehicle miles traveled per year and save 112,100 kg eCO2.