The Charles River Conservancy is dedicated to the stewardship, renewal, and enhancement of the parklands along the urban Charles River.

The Conservancy promotes the active use and vitality of the parklands, increases recreational opportunities, and works to ensure the beauty and integrity of this extraordinary public resource.




December 8, 2016 – To schedule a work session for your group or business for 2017, contact Conservancy Volunteer Program Manager, Sasha at or by phone at (617) 300.8173. Open volunteer events will resume in February 2017.

November 9, 2016 – We are so grateful to the BSA Foundation for their support of our planned design charrettes for the Swim Park. Thanks to this grant, we will be able to host two public charrettes this winter. Sign up for our e-newsletter to continue to stay informed about the Swim Park Project.

November 8, 2016 – With a “yes” vote on Question 5, both Boston and Watertown adopted the Community Preservation Act (CPA), which will add a nominal 1% surcharge to all Boston property tax bills and a 2% surcharge to all Watertown property tax bills. For more on Massachusetts’ Community Preservation Act, including a detailed database of all CPA communities’ project expenditures since 2001, click here.  Thank you for voting for the CPA!

November 2, 2016 – MassDOT recently submitted a written request to the Mass. Historical Commission (MHC) to initiate the consultation process for the underpass at the Anderson Memorial Bridge. MHC’s input is critical for the underpass to be built. As part of the bridge restoration, the MWRA pipes have already been relocated to make the addition of an underpass easier. Visit our advocacy center to learn more about this project and to stay up to date with the underpasses campaign.



Many of the Conservancy’s events are made possible in part by Watertown Home Depot:


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Thank you, Home Depot Watertown, for providing us with in-kind contributions that help us with our volunteer activities!






The Conservancy is proud to be a Mass Cultural Council grant recipient

The Conservancy is proud to be a Mass Cultural Council grant recipient