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Friends of the Riverfront to Move Headquarters to Etna

Move highlights commitment to extend Three Rivers Heritage Trail through the borough

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – June 26, 2018 – Friends of the Riverfront, a pioneering non-profit organization working to build safe, clean and accessible riverfront trails as part of the Three River Heritage Trail system, announced today it will relocate its headquarters to Etna, Pa. This move is a significant step in the organization’s effort to extend the current trail system through the Allegheny Valley.

“It’s long been a goal of Friends of the Riverfront to extend the Three Rivers Heritage Trail through Etna,” said Stacey Vernallis, President of the Board of Directors, Friends of the Riverfront. “This vibrant community is going through a true transformation and we’re excited for both the trail and our new headquarters to be a part of it.”

The Triboro Ecodistrict of Millvale, Etna and Sharpsburg recently received a $2.3 million grant from the Henry L. Hillman Foundation for new solar installation, student-led art installations, a community-spanning environmental justice policy and a completed riverfront park.

“Our mission is to ensure residents from all over Allegheny County are able to access and enjoy the riverfronts,”  said Valerie Beicher, Executive Director, Friends of the Riverfront. “The Triboro Ecodistrict fits well with our mission and shows a commitment to bolstering the quality of life, health and wellness and the revitalization of an entire community. We believe the trail system will be one more asset in achieving these goals.”

Beichner added she will encourage all her staff to get involved with other community organizations and local partners to help build a stronger Etna.

“Etna Borough welcomes Friends of the Riverfront to our community,” said Mary Ellen Ramage, Manager, Borough of Etna. “Their efforts to promote trail development in our region is in line with Etna’s ongoing efforts to build a park and trail along the Allegheny corridor and connect with our neighboring communities in Allegheny County.”

The new offices will be located at 12 Freeport Street in Etna. Friends of the Riverfront will complete the move in early July with a public open house to follow shortly after.

About Friends of the Riverfront

The mission of Friends of the Riverfront is to expand, connect and enhance the Three Rivers Heritage Trail and engage river communities in trail stewardship and economic growth. Learn more at


Friends of the Riverfront and ALCOSAN Announce New Partnership to Beautify Trails

Riverfronts Naturally program to support volunteer efforts to maintain clean and healthy riverfronts

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – June 7, 2018 – Friends of the Riverfront announced today a new partnership with ALCOSAN to serve as presenter of the Riverfronts Naturally program.  ALCOSAN’s sponsorship for the program will aid in supporting volunteer efforts toward clean and healthy riverfronts.

Through Riverfront Naturally, Friends of the Riverfront engages more than 1,000 volunteers annually to help beautify and care for the Three Rivers Heritage Trail in partnership with the City of Pittsburgh. Volunteers can be seen just about any weekend between spring and fall picking up litter, spreading mulch, planting flowers and trees, removing invasive species and more.

“Partnering with Friends of the Riverfront is a natural extension of our Clean Water Plan that will ensure our rivers and streams are clean for this generation and those to come,” said Arletta Scott Williams, ALCOSAN’s Executive Director.  “The work that Friends of the Riverfront does is important to our region and we are pleased to support their work.”

“We are thrilled to be teaming up with an organization like ALCOSAN that shares who shares our dedication to ensuring our community enjoys clean, beautiful waterways and trails to access them,” said Valerie Beichner, Executive Director, Friends of the Riverfront. “Our city enjoys a unique amenity in a 24-mile trail bordering all three of our rivers. ALCOSAN’s support is key to helping us keep this civic amenity beautiful and well maintained for generations to come.”


ALCOSAN is one of the region’s premier environmental and public health organizations, treating wastewater for 83 Allegheny County communities, including the City of Pittsburgh. The authority, which is Green by Mission and Green by Choice, enhances the community’s quality of life and safety by working to protect drinking water, rivers and streams, and making the Pittsburgh region a great place to live, work and play. ALCOSAN’s 59-acre treatment plant processes up to 250 million gallons of wastewater daily and is one of the largest such facilities in the Ohio River Valley.

About Friends of the Riverfront

The mission of Friends of the Riverfront is to expand, connect and enhance the Three Rivers Heritage Trail and engage river communities in trail stewardship and economic growth. Learn more at


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