Convention Center park ready to move ahead

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Officials are hoping to get started next summer on an $8.5 million riverfront park at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.

The project, overseen by the city-Allegheny County Sports & Exhibition Authority, would feature a 25-foot platform that would extend over the Allegheny River and provide docking for the Gateway Clipper fleet, water taxis, and other boats. The park also would be the last piece needed to provide a continuous trail link from the Strip District to Point State Park.

City planners were briefed on the project yesterday. The SEA is still about $2 million short of the funding needed for the work, but hopes get the rest of the money before spring, Executive Director Mary Conturo said.

The only way to get to the riverfront from the convention center now is to utilize a water feature that runs under Fort Duquesne Boulevard. Once the park has been completed, there will be steps to provide access to the river from 10th Street as well as connections from the Strip and a separate portion of trail closer to Point State Park.

More details in tomorrow's Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.


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