Edit ModuleEdit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Pittsburgh Developer Offers Location for Riverfront Swings

A developer in the South Side may fulfill KDKA anchor Ken Rice’s wish for shaded benches along the city’s riverfronts.





 

KDKA’s Ken Rice first began advocating for bench swings along Pittsburgh’s riverfronts last summer. Now, about a year later, someone could be answering his call.

Rice sparked a conversation about installing bench swings along the city’s rivers in June 2017, when he suggested in a Facebook post that they could replace the grounded benches in Point State Park.

His post drew the attention of hundreds of Pittsburghers. The idea become so popular that Rice ended up taking it to the airwaves, traveling to Smale Riverfront Park in Cincinnati last summer to interview visitors and city officials about the park’s bench swings. The locals raved to him about the relaxing effect of the swings and their immense popularity.

The Pittsburgh area is home to only a couple riverfront swings at the moment — Oakmont Riverside Park has two bench swings overlooking the Allegheny. Rice initially proposed that more of these swings should be installed at the Point. Then-CEO of Riverlife Vivien Li voiced support for his idea, but suggested that a private shoreline property owner might also allow some of their land to be used.

Izzy Rudolph may be that property owner, Rice has found. His company, McKnight Realty Partners, is currently transforming the Terminal Building complex on the South Side from a train depot and storage facility into an office and retail complex. The property he bought includes a stretch of riverfront along the Monongahela river, where Rudolph is thinking about allowing the swings Rice raised so much interest in to be installed.

“When you’re trying to do something special on the riverfront, the first big step forward is having a property owner that’s willing to consider all options,” Stephan Bontrager, Vice President, Communications and Outreach for Riverlife told Rice. “I think that the swings are an incredible idea.”

Rudolph told Rice he would consider offering up the land so long as the proper funds can be raised to build and maintain the swings. Where this funding would come from isn’t clear yet — Stephan Bontrager, Vice President, Communications and Outreach for Riverlife says funding could come from corporate funds, partnerships or foundation support, among other options.
 

Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module

Edit ModuleShow TagsEdit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags

The Latest

Stop Using Uber and Lyft, Renting a Bike is Better

You'll save money and have an easier time hopping between neighborhoods on a Healthy Ride bicycle.

America’s “Gratest” Celebration of Cheese is Coming to Pittsburgh

Sample cheese of every rind during the American Cheese Society’s annual Festival of Cheese.

The 400-Word Review: Skyscraper

If you want "Die Hard" with half the brains but three times the building, the new Dwayne Johnson flick will do a passing job.

A Pop-Up Bar in Pittsburgh that Serves a Sober Alternative

Empath provides the vibe and social space of a bar, as well as stepped up beverage service ... without the alcohol.

Watch: 12 Questions with WTAE's Sally Wiggin

The WTAE anchor was voted Best Journalist by readers of Pittsburgh Magazine. She answers 12 random questions ranging from her most memorable vacation to who should portray her in a movie.

Tax Credit Brought Mister Rogers Flick to Pittsburgh

The granting of the credit means the majority, if not most of the movie starring Tom Hanks, will indeed be shot in the Pittsburgh area.

Compelling World Cup Worth a Periodic Embrace

The competition is as fierce as the fans are passionate and both can be appreciated without a firm grasp of the details.

Jeff Goldblum Day is Causing a Stir in the ’Burgh

Local venues will be celebrating the native actor Friday with Goldblum-themed merchandise and events.

Willow Restaurant in the North Hills Lands a New Chef

Aaron Allen comes to Willow by way of 2-star Daniel in New York City. Plus, Greta Harmon joins the staff of the Ohio Township hideaway as the restaurant's new bar manager.

Pittsburgh Developer Offers Location for Riverfront Swings

A developer in the South Side may fulfill KDKA anchor Ken Rice’s wish for shaded benches along the city’s riverfronts.

Head to the North Hills for Two Blooming Garden Tours

The Wexford Garden and Pond Tour and the Southern Butler County Garden Club tour both take place this weekend.

I Do, Now Let’s Have Some BBQ

A five-course meal doesn’t fit with every wedding. These laid-back couples opted for casual — and delicious — cuisine perfect for their outdoor and barn receptions.

Expert Opinions on How HQ2 Could Change Pittsburgh

From jobs to housing to technology, six areas which would be impacted if Amazon chose Pittsburgh for its HQ2.

The 400-Word Review: The Legacy of a Whitetail Deer Hunter

The Netflix exclusive Josh Brolin flick is pleasant enough, but light on laughs.

The 400-Word Review: The First Purge

The prequel to the horror series has plenty to say. It's just no good at saying it.