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Beautiful Herter Park in fall. 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. We promote the active use and vitality of the parklands, increase recreational opportunities, and work to ensure the beauty and integrity of this extraordinary public resource.




SUPPORT THE PARKS: Spring is here, and we’re gearing up for another busy season along the Charles. Read our Spring Newsletter to learn about the CRC’s latest happenings and consider making a gift to support the parks!

COMPETE IN OUR PHOTO COMPETITION!: This spring we are hosting a photo competition for pictures highlighting the beauty and importance of the urban Charles River parks from the Watertown Dam to the Boston Harbor and what they mean to you! Enter on Instagram by following us (@charlesrivercrc) and using the hashtag #CharlesRiverPhotography or by submitting your photo here! Five winners will be selected to win a cash prize as well as features on our social media accounts.

KENDALL SQUARE CHALLENGE 2019: We are thrilled to be participating in the Kendall Square Association’s Kendall Square Challenge on May 16th! The fun event has teams from Kendall companies compete in physical and intellectual “missions” throughout the square, while benefiting a local non-profit of their choice. We made a video to encourage teams to champion us — check it out!

CITY SPLASH 2019: It’s back! Join us mid-day on June 15th at Fiedler Dock on the DCR Esplanade for our 6th City Splash. This day will feature even more swimming as the Charles River Swimming Club will host their 11th One Mile Swim the same morning. In the evening, continue the fun and replenish with some carbs by supporting the CRC’s Swimming Initiative at the afterparty across the Charles at Za. Read this Boston Globe article, plus our press release and City Splash 2019 page for more details.

FLOATING WETLAND PROJECT: In partnership with a Northeastern PhD student and a communications and interpretative materials professional, and with financial support from the Sasaki Foundation and an anonymous donor, we are planning the design and implementation of a floating wetland at North Point Park in order to further water quality research and educate through community engagement. Learn more about the project by checking out our team’s storyboard, made with design help from Sasaki.

SCHEDULE A VOLUNTEER EVENT: Our 2019 available dates are available, so don’t delay scheduling a Conservancy Volunteers event for your company or group! Email svallieres@thecharles.org for more information or to reserve your day.

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!