City Splash



Saturday June 15, 2019

(Rain date June 22, 2019)


Registration is open!

City Splash Swim Slot Tickets: Register Here

Afterparty Tickets: Register Here


City Splash 2017; photo by Aram Boghosian.

City Splash is a community event that provides the public the rare opportunity to swim in the Charles River! This annual state-sanctioned swim, hosted by the CRC, allows members of the public to experience the joy of swimming in the Charles River—one of the cleanest urban rivers in the United States! The event is held in a demarcated deep-water area off the Fiedler Dock on the DCR Esplanade in Boston. We work in partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation to obtain a Special Use Permit for this very special event.

City Splash 2019
When: June 15th, 2019, afternoon
Where: DCR’s Fiedler Community Dock, Esplanade, Boston
Who: Experienced swimmers who are confident in deep water
Why: Because who doesn’t want to brag about swimming in the Charles!

When: June 15th, 2019, evening
Where: Za, across the river in Cambridge
Who: All, whether you swim or not
What: Pizza, Drinks, Meet the staff



Turner Construction Company

Boston University

Think your organization would be a good sponsor for our event? Please contact our Executive Director Laura Jasinski at

See our Sponsorship Packet for more information.



Read our Press Release from March 21, 2019.

Check out the excitement that City Splash 2019 is already generating in this Boston Globe article.

We have had great coverage of past events too. See our press page.

Please contact Lucy Salwen at for all press related questions.


Fun From Past Years



Photos from City Splash 2017; courtesy of Aram Boghosian and CRC staff and volunteers.

History of City Splash

The Charles River Conservancy’s first City Splash on July 13, 2013 marked one the first public community swims in the Charles River in more than fifty years. Swimming has been prohibited in the Charles since the 1950’s when a growing awareness of the health risks posed by pollution in the Charles caused the beaches and bathhouses lining the river to close. After years of environmental health progress, most notably the EPA’s Charles River Initiative, swimming is now allowed through state-sanctioned events such as the Charles River Conservancy’s City Splash events and the Charles River Swimming Club’s annual One-Mile Swim Race, which began in 2007.

Praise for City Splash

“There’s something really great about fresh water. It’s just a great feeling to be able to jump in water that, on a hot day, makes you feel clean and refreshed and invigorated.”– Paul Parravano, Resident, via the Boston Globe

“It would be great if they did this more often…I would be happy if any day you wanted to, it was OK to jump into the river.” – Tim Sullivan, Resident, via the Boston Globe

“It’s a fun, safe swim, and it’s part of the Conservancy’s and my efforts to bring swimming back to Charles.” –State Rep. Jay Livingstone, via the Beacon Hill Times

“When you’re in the water and you look out and see the view, it’s incredible,”- Kathleen McDermott, Resident, via the Boston Globe



For sponsorship inquiries, please contact Laura Jasinski at 617.300.8175 or

For press inquiries, please contact Lucy Salwen at 617.300.8171 or

For more information about the Swim Initiative generally, please contact Vanessa Nason at 617.300.8162 or

To support progress towards a swimming in the Charles, please consider a gift to the Charles River Conservancy