The Riverfront Plaza

The Riverfront Plaza​ is an integral part of the Three Rivers Heritage Trail. Leading to the Riverfront Plaza from the city, a Water Feature underneath the DLCC provides an inviting and unforgettable visitor connection to the Allegheny River.​

Visitors can relax and enjoy the fresh air and the view, or go for a stroll to Point State Park or the city market district called “The Strip”.
  • Walkway to the Allegheny River

    Inviting people to the Allegheny River from Penn Avenue, the 10th Street Water Feature was constructed on either side of the pedestrian walkway. This walkway is located under the Convention Center, descending 17 feet with waterfalls and fountain pools on either side. The water for the Water Feature comes from Pittsburgh's fourth river — an aquifer located 50 feet under the Convention Center. The walls surrounding the path flow with water, while the LED overhead lighting creates an extraordinary environment. The walkway was designed by Rafael Viñoly Architects and the Water Feature was designed by Crystal Fountains.

  • Explore Outdoors

    The DLCC Riverfront Plaza forms an integral part of the Three Rivers Heritage Trail, a 22-mile recreational trail along Pittsburgh's three rivers — the Allegheny, Monongahela, and Ohio. Visitors can relax and enjoy the fresh air and views, or head to Point State Park or the Strip District.

    The landscaping alongside the Riverfront Plaza, as well as along the Convention Center’s eastern side located on 11th Street, is exclusively composed of plants indigenous to southwestern Pennsylvania. These species are already adapted to thrive in Pittsburgh’s normal environmental conditions, so there is no need for any pesticides, fertilizers, or excess irrigation. Additionally, planting these species restores riverfront habitat, providing food and shelter for the pollinating insects, birds, and migrating Monarch butterflies which are vital parts of the natural ecosystem.

  • Pennsylvania Strong!

    These species are already adapted to thrive in Pittsburgh’s normal environmental conditions, so there is no need for any pesticides, fertilizers, or excess irrigation. Additionally, planting these species restores riverfront habitat, providing food and shelter for the pollinating insects, birds, and migrating Monarch butterflies which are vital parts of the natural ecosystem.

Water Feature

Located on 10th Street under the DLCC, the Water Feature connects the city with the river.

Originally illuminated by underwater lights, the Water Feature is now lit by LED lights which reduce the lighting load by 95%. This is one of Pittsburgh's most unique fountains, walking through the Water Feature is a must while visiting the Convention Center!

Recreation Trail

The banks of the Allegheny River have always been explored.

In 1803, Lewis and Clark started their historic expedition from the riverfront located today on the northeast corner of the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. Travelers are able to bike, hike, or walk the riverfront on the Three Rivers Heritage Trail.

Landscaping

Much of the landscaping at the DLCC is exclusively composed of plants indigenous to southwestern Pennsylvania.

These species are already adapted to thrive in Pittsburgh’s normal environmental conditions, so there is no need for any pesticides, fertilizers, or excess irrigation. Additionally, planting these species restores riverfront habitat, providing food and shelter for the pollinating insects, birds, and migrating Monarch butterflies which are vital parts of the natural ecosystem.