South Shore Riverfront Park Nears Completion

SOUTH SIDE (KDKA) – Pittsburgh’s South Side is one of the city’s most popular neighborhoods, not only for partying, but living, dining and shopping as well.

Final touches are currently being made on the city’s newest riverfront park at the South Side Works.

Chief of Operations for Riverlife, Edward Patten, is one of the partners in the venture. On Tuesday, he gave KDKA’s Brenda Waters a tour.

“You are looking at sort of an interesting looking set of steel and poles and that is going to support a tent structure and will be a stage area for event venues. [It’s] anticipated to be covered in the next few weeks,” Patten said.

The park is at the site of the old South Side Works Steel Mill. In its prime, there were more than 8,500 people working there.

It was demolished in the early 1990s and is now the home of South Shore Riverfront Park.

Some of the history of the mill was included in the planning.

“It is unusual to have these kind of ingots lying around. Perhaps someone perished in an accident at the mill and may have been cast in one of these ingots,” Patten said.

In addition, the South Side Works Bike Trail will connect to the new park.

It’s hard to visualize the finished project at this point, but by Memorial Day, most of the park will be finished.

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  1. Just Saying... says:

    How does a picture of downtown have anything to do with a new park on the South Side?

    1. Just Saying... says:

      Glad to see they fixed this.

  2. Bonnie says:

    “It is unusual to have these kind of ingots lying around. Perhaps someone perished in an accident at the mill and may have been cast in one of these ingots,” Patten said.

    LOL. Ridiculous! Who put this yinzer doofis on the TV?

  3. Ming the Merciless says:

    At one time when the mill was still running the steel workers built a beautiful little park on almost that same spot where they could sit and eat lunch there was pictures in J&L Steel magazine till vandals destroyed it.
    The ingots legend comes from the site which once had a supposed haunted shop no 1# which had been closed for many years and which was haunted by steel workers who fell to there deaths in the steel. if a worker did fall in a small amount of steel would be drawn out and given to family and steel was poured into ground . the ingots laying around where bad cast steel or otherwise polluted. the whole ghost legend supposedly started when excavators came across the poured steel and disturbed it putting in a new pipe line. there was at one time a plaque on corner of mill with workers names who perished.
    Wish those involved in south side works would study there history before making such asinine statements as usual.
    Where slowly losing all these old steel workers I hop some one took oral history before its too late.

    1. errrie river breeze says:

      I hope the dead worker “curse” this park…..I cant wait to see who dies first in a strange accident….dont mess with the dead !

  4. Ed Idiot says:

    It’s the same thing at the marble factory, if you find marbles around after a factory is torn down that means a boss was hit in the head by his workers.

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