In May of 2023, the Tarentum and East Deer Trail Feasibility Study was completed to connect Tarentum and East Deer up- and down-river as a part of the Three Rivers Heritage Trail. The Feasibility Study can be viewed here.

The development of the final alignment for the Tarentum and East Deer Three Rivers Heritage Trail was initially based on a 2011 study conducted by Friends of the Riverfront, the Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC), and Allegheny County. This Feasibility Study further expanded upon the preliminary alignment through additional analyses, site visits, community input, and conversations with the project’s Steering Committee and
other key stakeholders. Over the course of the project, the Planning Team gathered feedback by attending the Tarentum Fall Festival, collecting responses through an online survey, and hosting a public meeting. The proposed alignment has been refined to incorporate community input, existing site conditions, and future opportunities.

The final alignment spans just over 4 miles through the two municipalities. In Tarentum, the trail is off-road through Dreshar Stadium and Tarentum Riverview Memorial Park, and on-road along East 1st Avenue, West 4th Avenue, and West 6th Avenue for a total of 1.3 miles. Continuing in East Deer, the trail is on-road along Treadway Lane, offroad through the sites of Pittsburgh Brewing Company, People’s Gas, and the East Deer Recreational Facility, and on-road to follow Freeport Road to the trail’s terminus at the New Kensington (C.L. Schmitt) Bridge. The East Deer segment is 2.7 miles in length. The total probable development cost of the long-term trail alignment is $8.7 million.

Funding for this project was provided by the Active Allegheny Grant Program through the Redevelopment Authority of Allegheny County.


  • Tarentum Borough
  • East Deer Township
  • Pittsburgh Brewing Company
  • Weleski Tranfer
  • Allegheny County
  • Sen. Williams
  • PennDOT

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