Kayaks and kayakers at Herter Park in summer. Panorama photo by Fran Gardino.


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.




Join us for RiverSing! We are proud to sponsor this year’s RiverSing celebration! Mark you calendars for Saturday, September 22nd for Revel’s participatory music event to honor the autumnal equinox. This year’s festivities will take place at the recently re-opened Herter Park Amphitheater.

Volunteer for Coast Sweep 2018! Join the Conservancy Volunteers for CoastSweep, an annual statewide clean-up initiative. This year’s event will take place the morning of Saturday, September 22nd. We will be removing litter and debris from the parklands and collecting data on the types of materials found. Email svallieres@thecharles.org to sign-up!

Swimming in the News: Our swim park project plans have been getting media attention, most recently from the Architectural Record. Read their editorial, “Urban Swimming Holes,” which features our work, as well as the work of three other exciting urban swimming projects from around the globe.

Meet our new executive director, Laura Jasinski: Laura joined us as our new executive director in June, and we are beyond excited to have her on board. You can read about her past experience on our staff page and more about the transition in the Cambridge Chronicle!