We strive to make the Charles River and its parks a well-maintained network of natural urban places that invite and engage all in their use and stewardship.


2020 was deeply challenging in unprecedented ways, and reminded us of the critical role parks and greenspace play in our personal and public health. The Charles River and its parks need our stewardship now more than ever. Read about our 2020 accomplishments and where we’re headed in our year-end mailing and please consider making a gift!

Our work depends on equity, and we therefore cannot stay silent to racism and police brutality. Read our statement of solidarity with Black Lives Matter protestors in Boston and around the country.

Our April E-newsletter is out! Give it a read to learn about the latest CRC happenings and review past E-newsletters.

In addition to typical Sunday closures, MassDCR is closing Memorial Drive between the Eliot Bridge and Western Avenue to vehicles on Saturdays. Visit Riverbend Park over your weekend to enjoy open space along the Charles! Learn more.

On the 50th anniversary of Earth Day (April 22), we went live on Facebook to talk about the history of the day, demonstrate how to start seedlings from your home or apartment, and anser your planting questions!  Watch event recording.

Following ‘safer at home’ guidance, all Charles River Conservancy staff are working from home until further notice. Please feel free to reach us via email and join us on InstagramTwitter, and Facebook where we’ll be bringing the beauty of the Charles River and parks to you!

Allston Multimodal Project

Community members, environmental organizations, transportation advocates, and the City of Boston agree: an all at-grade design is the best option for the Allston Multimodal Project. This configuration would increase access to the riverfront parks and paths, enable transit improvements, and work in tandem with river restoration strategies developed by CRC board member Gautam Sundaram of Perkins&Will with designers from cbt. Thank you to everyone who joined us in submitting comments to MassDOT in October.

Riverfront restoration strategies developed by CRC board member Gautam Sundaram of Perkins&Will and urban designers Kishore Varanasi and Devanshi Purohit of cbt.

Virtual Evening Event: An Introduction to the Floating Wetland

On September 24th, 2020, we hosted a virtual event to share information about the Floating Wetland in the Charles River! CRC Executive Director Laura Jasinski gave an overview of the project, Northeastern University PhD Candidate Max Rome shared what he has been seeing under the microscope this summer, and participants had the opportunity to ask questions. If you missed the event, watch the full event recording.

Virtual Engagement

Want to stay engaged with the Charles River parks, but can’t physically visit them? We’ve got you covered with opportunities to learn about parkland plants with online games, get creative with our printable coloring pages, and explore the history and ecology of the parks through a virtual tour! Check out our virtual engagement materials.

Image from Google Earth.

Hell’s Half Acre Restoration

Hell’s Half Acre, a 7.5 acre section of “urban wild” along the Charles River in Cambridge, is an ecological and social asset to the surrounding community. However, the area is critically overwhelmed by invasive plants. Through a unique three-year project that uses best practices to remove invasives, the CRC is working to restore the area. Following this aggressive intervention, the CRC and Conservancy Volunteers will regularly maintain the revitalized Hell’s Half Acre. Learn more about Hell’s Half Acre Restoration.

Our Hell’s Half Acre restoration project addresses invasive plants, including phragmites, Japanese knotweed, and buckthorn.

Lead photo by Aaron John Bourque.