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.

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.




Support the parklands: As 2018 comes to a close, please consider supporting our work with a gift. Read our Calendar Year End Newsletter for a look back on our accomplishments from the past year and a look ahead at our future, and donate to support the Charles River Parklands!

Join us on Instagram: We recently launched a CRC  Instagram account, and have been posting our favorite Charles River beauty shots and more! Follow us (@charlesrivercrc) to see what we’re up to.

Video of our Ribbon of Blue, Ribbon of Green Gala: Footage of our June 2nd, 2018 gala honoring the retirement of CRC founder Renata von Tscharner and the inauguration of Laura Jasinski as executive director have been edited into short movies for you to view on our website! Watch now.

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!