Feasibility study seeks public input on preferred route
By Katie Kovalchik for Friends of the Riverfront
Imagine strolling or bicycling along a scenic pathway that weaves seamlessly through our neighborhood, offering views of the Monongahela River in Duck Hollow along a safe commuter pathway. Whether you're enjoying a stroll, commuting to work or embarking on a family bike ride, the extension of the Three Rivers Heritage Trail will offer a convenient pathway to do so safely and comfortably.
In collaboration with local partners, Friends of the Riverfront has launched a community-driven feasibility study that will identify a preferred trail to connect to the Duck Hollow Trail on both sides, creating a complete connection between Hazelwood and the historic Carrie Blast Furnace property. This extension of the Three Rivers Heritage Trail isn't just a path; it's a testament to the region’s vision of connected and vibrant communities where local businesses, residents, and neighborhood groups come together for a common purpose. It also underscores the neighborhood’s commitment to sustainability as it shapes a pathway that connects our urban neighborhood to the natural environment that surrounds us, while also creating a safer space for everyone to walk or ride a bicycle.
At the heart of this project is a commitment to enhance mobility for all residents. This trail extension will provide a safe and accessible route for pedestrians and bicyclists, connecting our neighborhoods and providing new opportunities to enjoy the banks of the Monongahela River. This means easier access to families in neighboring communities, schools, places of worship, grocery stores, parks, and community centers – all integral aspects of our lives. As the trail winds its way through our urban landscape, this extension will provide access to neighborhood coffee shops, historic relics, and natural, shaded areas.
We are working closely with local transportation planners, engineers, environmental experts, and community stakeholders to ensure that this project aligns with the community’s values and vision for the future. We are examining factors such as environmental impact, infrastructure requirements, and funding sources to bring this dream to life.
Your voice matters
As a member of this community, your input is invaluable. We want to hear your thoughts and ideas about the extension of the Three Rivers Heritage Trail through Hazelwood, Swissvale and Rankin via Duck Hollow and Carrie Furnace. Our upcoming community meetings, online survey (see QR code below) and open forums will allow you to shape the project and ensure that it truly resonates with the needs and desires of this diverse community. Join us and share your input at the Greater Hazelwood community meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 14 from 6-8 p.m.
In the coming months, as our feasibility study progresses, we will be sharing regular updates and milestones. We encourage you to stay engaged and informed, as your support is essential to turning this vision into a reality. Together, we can create a legacy that transcends generations, providing a lasting gift to our region and all who call it home.
To take the community survey, scan the QR code below.
Friends of the Riverfront builds and maintains the 33+ miles – and counting – of the Three Rivers Heritage Trail and Water Trail. Learn more at friendsoftheriverfront.org/.