October 2016
The Lynch Family Skatepark has been open for 1 year this November! To celebrate, meet professional skateboarders and to watch skating demonstrations join us at Innoskate 2016!
                                      Photo by Topher Baldwin.

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Innoskate 2016
Join us at Innoskate 2016, an exciting event to celebrate the first year anniversary of the Lynch Family Skatepark, hosted by the Smithsonian Institution and MIT's Lemelson Institute of Innovation. Innoskate will take place on Saturday, October 29 from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Lynch Family Skatepark. There will be three panel discussions hosted concurrently with skateboarding demonstrations. The 30-minute panel discussion scheduled for 2:45 p.m. will focus on Collaboration and the Community- the Creation of the Lynch Family Skatepark. Conservancy President Renata von Tscharner and Steve Van Doren of Vans will be participating in the panel discussion. For more information click here. We hope you can join us for this free event!
Conservancy in the Spotlight

Brew the Charles
As the finale of Boston's Hubweek, six breweries participated in "Brew the Charles" at the SoWa Power Station. Ipswich Ale Brewery won the Judge's Choice, while the crowd voted Castle Island Brewing Company as their favorite. Using Desalitech's water purification technology, Harpoon Brewery, Samuel Adams, Cape Ann Brewing Company, and Idle Hands Craft Ales also brewed beers with Charles River water. Thank you to Hubweek, Desalitech, and all brewers, for giving 20% of all event proceeds to the Conservancy for our "Swim the Charles" initiative.

Google Geek Street Fair
Despite near constant rain, Google Geek Street Fair attracted many families, who drew their visions for the proposed Swim-Park and voted on which activities they would like to see there. Our table guests from the Charles River Watershed Association, educated children on factors that influence water quality using their interactive watershed model. Google estimates around 1,000 attendees! A big thank you to Google and the Boston Children's Museum for hosting us, and to all who shared their visions for a Charles River Swim-Park with us.
Conservancy Volunteers
Thank you to everyone who volunteered with the Conservancy last month. September is one of New England's most beautiful months and it was a great time to be outside working in the parklands!

- The Conservancy hosted its 3rd CoastSweep cleanup event, in partnership with the MA Office of Coastal Zone Management. Over 100 volunteers came out to remove and catalogue litter in Riverbend Park and Magazine Beach. Thank you to our partners at Cambridgeport Neighborhood Association for helping out at Magazine Beach!

Perkin Elmer volunteers worked in the Herter Park Publick Theatre, painting, raking, removing litter, and working on landscaping tasks.

WinterWyman worked in Cannalonga Park in Watertown, cutting back invasive vegetation and weeds. - Over 100 volunteers from Boston Consulting Group worked in Herter and Artesani Parks, preparing the landscape for the approaching winter months.


- Our partners at Ernst & Young worked at Magazine Beach, weeding and mulching garden beds, removing invasive plants, painting benches and covering graffiti, and removing litter. 


To schedule an event for your business or group, please email Sasha at svallieres@thecharles.org

Open Volunteer Events

Saturday, October 15 from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
We will be working in the Herter Park Publick Theatre, painting the stage and seats and working on other landscaping tasks.

Saturday, November 12 from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
We will be raking leaves and picking up litter at Magazine Beach in Cambridge.

For more information or to RSVP, please email Sasha at svallieres@thecharles.org.
Parkland News

Seasonal Sign-off for Sunday Parkland Games
We could not have asked for a more beautiful day to end the 2016 Sunday Parklands Games season--our 8th! Thanks to all who came out to enjoy the crisp late-September afternoon by the Charles in Herter Park. We are grateful to all the groups and organizations that helped the Conservancy bring games, yoga, and fun to the parklands this summer, especially Mass DCR, our sponsors, the Ciccolo Family Foundation, Harvard Business School, Harvard UniversityCSL Consulting, Cambridge Trust Company, and Cambridge Savings Bank.
Thank you also to our activities partners, Knucklebones and Karma Yoga Studios. Check our website for updates on next summer.

Conservancy to be Honored
On Wednesday, November 2nd, Community Boating, Inc. will honor the Charles River Conservancy at its 26th Anniversary Raise the Sails Gala and Fundraiser. The Gala will support Community Boating's youth and accessible sailing programs. For tickets and more information click here.

Charlesgate Path
DCR and MassDOT are on track to add a new Charlesgate Path and a signalized pedestrian/bike crossing of the Mass Ave. Bridge to connect the Esplanade with the Back Bay/Kenmore neighborhoods (the crosswalk will be located where the Mass Ave. Bridge crosses the open space between the inbound and outbound Storrow Drive). The new path and the enhanced connection between the Esplanade and Charlesgate will be a welcome addition for walkers and bikers. The Conservancy will keep you posted as this project progresses, so check back!

Congratulations and Welcome
In a unanimous vote last month, Cambridge City Council named Louis DePasquale the new Cambridge City Manager. DePasquale will succeed Richard C. Rossi, who retired at the end of September. DePasquale previously served as Cambridge's Assistant City Manager for Fiscal Affairs. 

Scouts on the Charles
Over the Columbus Day weekend several thousand Boy Scouts camped out in Herter Park along the Charles River. Despite (much-needed) rain, the Scouts explored a wide range of outdoor activities. For more information visit scoutspirit.org.  

Board Update

The Conservancy expresses its gratitude to retiring Board members Catherine Henn, a former Chair of the Board, and Ron Axelrod, who used his architectural background to play a key role in the Lynch Family Skatepark project. Three cheers and many thanks!
Catherine Henn and Ron Axelrod 

- Sayre Sheldon spoke with Renata on her 90th birthday about her over 80 years in Cambridge and along the Charles River.
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Upcoming Events

For a more detailed list of events check out CRC's calendar.


The Phillip and Elizabeth Gross Family Foundation
The Paul Fremont-Smith Family
for your generous and visionary support!

Thank you to

Jennifer Gilbert

William and Joan Alfond

for their generous leadership gifts given in the month of September
Thank you to the Mass Cultural Council for their support of our High School Volunteer Program
To see a full list of foundations, business partners,and leadership corporate sponsors, please visit our website.