The Charles River Conservancy lies at the center of the Charles River, its parks, and the park’s users. We similarly envision a future in which the Charles River and its parks are celebrated, well-utilized, and connected centers of public life.


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.


1. Cultivate active engagement with the Charles River

2. Define the parks as a platform for community and cultural life

3. Advocate using research and placemaking

4. Ensure long-term organizational sustainability


How we work is as important as what we accomplish. To achieve our goals we will:

Work through Partnerships

Harness the

Leverage impactful
pilot projects

Established in 2000, the Charles River Conservancy (CRC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. The CRC works in partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (MassDCR), the managing agency of the parks and parkways, as well as the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT), the managing agency of the historic bridges that traverse the Charles.