Friends of the Riverfront

Friends of the Riverfront


Friends of the Riverfront (FOR) is responsible for the development and stewardship of the Three Rivers Heritage Trail, an urban rail-trail for 24 miles along the riverfronts of Allegheny County, and its continued expansion along the Allegheny, Monongahela, and Ohio River corridors. Since 1991 FOR has been working to protect and restore the region’s priceless riverfronts. FOR is a pioneering nonprofit organization that has been involved in creating nearly all of the trails along Pittsburgh’s rivers. Through intense collaboration with community partners, government officials, philanthropic supporters, and diverse volunteer base, FOR works to transform Pittsburgh’s riverfront into a healthy ecosystem for all to enjoy.


Build safe, clean, and accessible riverfront trails as part of the Three Rivers Heritage Trail system to create and maintain an outstanding experience for trail users while providing economic, environmental, and health benefits to the Pittsburgh region.

Strategic Plan

Friends of the Riverfront periodically reviews its mission and program goals to develop a strategy for growth and success in areas of land trail development and usage, river trail development and usage, stewardship, and special events.

Friends of the Riverfront Strategic Plan

Executive Committee

Damon Rhodes, President
Larson Design Group

Stacey Vernallis, 1st Vice President/Secretary
Retired, Goehring Rutter & Boehm

Steven Ayer, 2nd Vice President
Trail Advocate

Daryl Sherred, Treasurer
Price WaterhouseCoopers LLP

Board Members

Darla Cravotta Office of County Executive Rich Fitzgerald

Michele Fetting Nonprofit consultant

John Foley CDR Maguire

Cheryl McDermott Stowe Township

Cathy Rogers Aerotech Designs

John Schaefer PNC Bank

Lois M. Vitti Vitti & Associates, PC

Bruce Woods Duquesne Light


Courtney Mahronich

Director of Trail Development


Courtney Mahronich, director of trail development, implements the trail vision outlined in the 2015-2018 Friends of the Riverfront Strategic Plan, which includes extending the Three Rivers Heritage Trail along the Allegheny River corridor. Courtney works with partnering organizations to make sure the trial building process moves forward smoothly. Her duties include community outreach working with Allegheny County and municipalities along the Allegheny River. Courtney earned her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and her Master’s degree in Environmental Science at Point Park University


Friends of the Riverfront would like to thank our foundation funders, government supporters, corporate sponsors, and nonprofit partners for your continued support.
The Pittsburgh Triathlon was created by Friends of the Riverfront in 1998 as a fundraising event that showcases recreational use of the rivers and trails. The Pittsburgh Triathlon, which is produced by P3R, includes the USA Triathlon-sanctioned bike/run/swim event as well as the Adventure Race, a bike/run/paddle in either a kayak or canoe. A Triathlon Sprint—half the distances of full-length international triathlon competition—also is available to participants. The swim portion of the Triathlon is held in the Allegheny River, assuming conditions of the Friends of the Riverfront River Contact policy are met. The Pittsburgh Triathlon has achieved Green Certification by Athletes for a Fit Planet each year since 2010. For more information on the Pittsburgh Triathlon, visit