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.



The CRC is actively expanding our board of directors. Learn about the leadership opportunity here.

With the help of our supporters, we had a great year getting back to volunteering, investing in unique ecological programs, and centering our work on the communities around the Charles. Check out our FY21 Annual Report for our year in review.

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

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.

Social Justice Skate Jam

The Charles River Conservancy hosted an evening at the Lynch Family Skatepark on October 6 with the Cambridge Hip Hop Collective, Community Arts Center, Lonely Bones Skate Co., and the Chill Foundation. We heard and learned from skatepark users about how the skatepark can be improved socially and physically to better support the skate experience. This is only the beginning to greater conversations about park advocacy and how public art can be used as a conduit for social resilience.

Photos by Clyde Carmant

Thank you for supporting our 6th City Splash!

Photo by Enrique Pepen

Thank you for supporting our 6th City Splash!

This once-a-year opportunity is only possible with a special use permit from the Department of Conservancy and Recreation. Most importantly, it’s possible thanks to community members like you who care about access to swimming in the Charles!

On our first Charles River Swimming Day, we had over 300 participants in the river, some splashing with us and others swimming in the Charles River Swimming Club’s One Mile Swim, with many more on land! We’re inspired by all of you who share a passion for urban river swimming with us, and it gave us so much joy to see your smiling faces in the water. We will continue to advocate for the river’s water quality and look forward to the day when regular swimming is back in the Charles.

To learn more about our Charles River Swimming Initiativeread more here and stay up-to-date with our e-newsletter.

Lead photo by Aaron John Bourque.