PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The green grass and sculpture garden of Allegheny Landing, between the Clemente and Warhol bridges, are a popular North Shore getaway.

But time, and graffiti, have taken their toll.

Lisa Schroeder, president of Riverlife, is helping to lead an effort to refurbish a park which opened nearly 30 years ago.

“It was a game changer on the rivers,” she recalls. “It opened up the riverfront for the first time for public use, for performances and active recreation. Now it’s in desperate use of repairs because of overuse.”

Riverlife, Friends of Allegheny Landing and the Carnegie Museum of Art have teamed up on a $2.5 million restoration effort.

“The first stage is going to be the reconstruction of the dock,” says Friends of the Allegheny’s Caryn Rubinoff. “To restore the access to the boats. The water taxis come in here, the kayaks use it and recreational boats will be able to use it.”

As for the crumbling mosaic, she says, “It’s going to be replaced and restored on the upper plaza.”

“At the top level,” Lisa Schroeder adds, “there is a plaza with a fountain. The fountain will be re-engineered and restored to its glory. Some of the artworks will be relocated. And the whole thing will be re-landscaped to restore what was originally a beautiful green space.”

Work on the dock begins soon. Fund raising is still underway for other phases of renovation.

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