About the Conservancy
The Charles River Conservancy is dedicated to the stewardship, renewal, and enhancement of the urban parklands along the Charles River, for the enjoyment of all.
The Conservancy promotes the active use and vitality of the parklands, increases recreational and cultural opportunities, and works to ensure the beauty and integrity of this extraordinary public resource.
A world-class urban riverfront park enjoyed by all.
Established in 2000, the Charles River Conservancy (CRC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the renewal and active use of the Charles River parklands from Boston Harbor to the Watertown Dam.
The Conservancy works in partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), the managing agency of the parklands and parkways, as well as the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT), the managing agency of the historic bridges that traverse the Charles.
Each year, approximately 2,000 volunteers work with the Conservancy to renew and maintain the Charles River parklands. The Conservancy also collaborates with other organizations and coalitions to advocate for increased state funding to enhance the landscape, structures, pathways, and amenities of the Charles River Basin.
A leader in forming public-private partnerships, the Conservancy has successfully leveraged funds for many projects that make the parklands more active, attractive, and accessible for all. This includes advocating for a cycling/pedestrian underpass at the Anderson Memorial Bridge, building the popular Lynch Family Skatepark, organizing volunteer service events, hosting community river swims and working to build a Charles River Swim Park.
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