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.







For Fiscal Year 2018 (October 1, 2017 – September 30, 2018)
FY18 Financials and Report
FY18 990 Form

For Fiscal Year 2017 (October 1, 2016 – September 30, 2017)
FY17 Donor Recognition Page
FY17 Financials and Report
FY17 990 Form

For Fiscal Year 2016 (October 1, 2015 – September 30, 2016)
FY16 Donor Recognition Page
FY16 Financials and Report
FY16 990 Form

For Fiscal Year 2015 (October 1, 2014 – September 30, 2015)
FY15 Donor Recognition Page
FY15 Financial and Report
FY15 990 Form

For Fiscal Year 2014 (October 1, 2013 – September 30, 2014)
Annual Report
Audited Financial Statement
IRS 990 Form

For Fiscal Year 2013 (October 1, 2012 – September 30, 2013)
Annual Report
Audited Financial Statement
IRS 990 Form

For Fiscal Year 2012 (October 1, 2011 – September 30, 2012) 
The Conservancy did not publish an Annual Report before FY2013.
Audited Financial Statement
IRS 990 Form