River Rocks fundraiser to help lead the way in Aspinwall


Participants in the River Rocks fundraiser at Allegheny RiverTrail Park in Aspinwall will get their first glimpse of 6 acres of newly acquired property that is expected to further transform the site into a regional gem.

“ARP is using its 10th anniversary party to raise funds to fulfill a long-held dream of carving out a path to the city,” said park founder Susan Crookston of Fox Chapel.

A highly anticipated and always sold-out social event, the party will also serve as a fundraiser to help pay for the planned $ 1.5 million design and opening of the new property, as well as a hallway of 1, 5 mile which connects to 13th street in Sharpsburg.

River Rocks kicks off at 7 p.m. Friday at ARP with a whiskey bar, ax throws, light shows and live music.

Tickets start at $ 100; VIP access costs $ 125. To order, visit alleghenyrivertrailpark.org/the-river-rocks-lets-blaze-a-trail/.

Guests are asked to wear their “fiery fashions” and “smoking sneakers” so that they can fully enjoy the outdoors.

“We hope people wear some bright colors,” said Co-Chair Ginny Merchant. “You can dress or dress – I’ll dress – but just wear something that makes you warm. “

10 years ago, the community came together to raise enough money to purchase the Aspinwall Marina, worth $ 2.3 million.

“During this time, the park has transformed from a commercial marina with four acres of crumbling concrete at its center into a beloved community space featuring fishing, kayaking, sledding, and home to over 400 public programs each year, ”said Crookston.

The expansion, once accessible, will connect various communities and provide safe opportunities for generations of people to walk, hike, birdwatch and create family memories, she said.

River Rocks will be the first time the public will be able to tour the new property and the trail corridor.

“This year’s party will be like no other,” said River Rocks co-chair Kristin Fox. “It will be entirely outdoors and spread over the 16 acres of the park.”

It is unique in that the co-chairs were chosen to represent all age groups, from 20 to 90 years old.

Co-Chair Sally Foster said it is exciting to be part of a major expansion that will benefit generations to come.

“It’s been over a decade since the Riverfront Trail was opened in Millvale,” said River Rocks President Phil Teplitz. “It will take all generations to come together to carry out a project of this magnitude. “

The organizers envision a quick turnaround time for the project to be open to the public.

“There is a lot of work to do and money to invest to make this new park safely accessible,” said Erika Wein, ARP board member, who heads the park design committee. . “But we are delighted to be able to give people a taste of the potential of this new property.

ARP is open from sunrise to sunset daily at 285 River Avenue, off Freeport Road.


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