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Charles River Conservancy, Inc.

http://thecharles.org

43 Thorndike Street, Cambridge, United States of America
Established in 2000, the Charles River Conservancy (CRC) is a nonprofit dedicated to the renewal and active use of the Charles River parks in Massachusetts, USA from Boston Harbor to the Watertown Dam. The CRC focuses on the stewardship, renewal, and enhancement of the urban river parks. The CRC promotes the active use and vitality of the parks, increases recreational and cultural opportunities, and works to ensure the beauty and integrity of this extraordinary public resource.

Swimmable Charles Initiative


To return public swimming space to the Charles River in Boston/Cambridge, MA, USA

Swimmable Charles Initiative


To return public swimming space to the Charles River in Boston/Cambridge, MA, USA
To build a facility that can reclaim a place in the river for swimming
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Type of project
  • New areas of operation

The founding of the Charles River Conservancy almost two decades ago coincided with a huge effort by US Environmental Protection Agency, government agencies, and environmental groups to clean up the Charles River. Infrastructure investment has improved the water quality dramatically.

We are proposing a swim facility that would create a safe and monitored space for summer swimming. Swimmers would enter the river from a dock, which would surround a pool-like structure with a false bottom that would isolate swimmers from sediment. A constructed facility would unlock an area for new public recreation, a rare opportunity in an urban environment.

The river has made a tremendous comeback, but there is progress to be made. Like many natural swim spots, it's unlikely to meet swimming standards every day and on those days it would be closed. The Conservancy believes swimming would both celebrate what has been accomplished and foster greater awareness and interest in restoring it further.


The Charles River Conservancy partnered with Stantec to evaluate potential sites for the swim park. Stantec produced a feasibility study, Swimming in the Charles, available through our website, thecharles.org. This rendering illustrates a conceptual design for a proposed facility based on study findings.

Swimmable Charles Initiative


To return public swimming space to the Charles River in Boston/Cambridge, MA, USA

Swimmable Charles Initiative


To return public swimming space to the Charles River in Boston/Cambridge, MA, USA
To build a facility that can reclaim a place in the river for swimming
File under
Type of project
  • New areas of operation

The founding of the Charles River Conservancy almost two decades ago coincided with a huge effort by US Environmental Protection Agency, government agencies, and environmental groups to clean up the Charles River. Infrastructure investment has improved the water quality dramatically.

We are proposing a swim facility that would create a safe and monitored space for summer swimming. Swimmers would enter the river from a dock, which would surround a pool-like structure with a false bottom that would isolate swimmers from sediment. A constructed facility would unlock an area for new public recreation, a rare opportunity in an urban environment.

The river has made a tremendous comeback, but there is progress to be made. Like many natural swim spots, it's unlikely to meet swimming standards every day and on those days it would be closed. The Conservancy believes swimming would both celebrate what has been accomplished and foster greater awareness and interest in restoring it further.


The Charles River Conservancy partnered with Stantec to evaluate potential sites for the swim park. Stantec produced a feasibility study, Swimming in the Charles, available through our website, thecharles.org. This rendering illustrates a conceptual design for a proposed facility based on study findings.


Idea by

Charles River Conservancy, Inc.
43 Thorndike Street
Cambridge
United States of America
Established in 2000, the Charles River Conservancy (CRC) is a nonprofit dedicated to the renewal and active use of the Charles River parks in Massachusetts, USA from Boston Harbor to the Watertown Dam. The CRC focuses on the stewardship, renewal, and enhancement of the urban river parks. The CRC promotes the active use and vitality of the parks, increases recreational and cultural opportunities, and works to ensure the beauty and integrity of this extraordinary public resource.