The Charles River Is Now on Google View


It’s a special collection from Google Maps and the Charles River Conservancy.

BostInnoManaging Editor

Take a tour of the Charles River like you’ve never seen it – from the comfort of your phone or laptop.

In conjunction with the Charles River Conservancy (CRC), Google Maps has unveiled a special series of 360-degree Trekker images of the Charles River, from vantage points ranging from the public paths in Boston and Cambridge to smack in the middle of the river itself.

“Given the critical role that the Charles River plays culturally and environmentally for Boston and Cambridge, it was a natural candidate for a special collection,” said Deanna Yick, Street View Program Manager. “The Charles River is home to the Head of the Charles and Boston’s Fourth of July celebrations. It’s where Boston goes to play, where students go to learn, and it is simply such an important feature of the city historically. We are especially proud to partner with the Charles River Conservancy in making the imagery of the Charles more accessible online.”

The collection will be officially announced Thursday at Google’s Cambridge office, an event MC’d by NPR’s Tom Ashbrook that will include readings from the CRC’s River Stories III, “a collection of memoirs, poems, reflections and artwork about the Charles River by local writers,” including Ashbrook himself.

The images were collected using Google’s high-tech Trekker camera, worn on a person’s back while riding in a golf cart and a boat. They’re not publicly searchable in full until tomorrow.

“It is the hope of the Charles River Conservancy that the ability to experience the Charles River online will also lead to more active and engaged stewardship of the river and its surrounding parklands,” said Renata von Tscharner, Founder and President of the Charles River Conservancy.  “The Charles has come a long way from its dirty past because people in this area have committed to being advocates for the river. We even have people swimming in it now, and we think having it live online can help grow that local love and appreciation for the Charles in the digital era.”

Read the original article on BostInno’s website to catch a glimpse of the Charles River views:

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