Since City Splash’s initiation in 2013, over 1,300 community members have swam in the Charles River. The event returns Saturday June 17, with a rare opportunity to dip more than just your oar in the Charles River.
Registrants for the free event can partake in the most popular Charles River swimming event, City Splash, where community members have full leeway to jump off the Charles River’s Fiedler Dock into a demarcated area of water!
The goal of City Splash, which is hosted by the Charles River Conservancy, CRC, is to eventually create a permanent swimming area in the Charles River. This would enable the vast 80-mile-long river to be used for more than boating. Contrary to popular belief, the Charles is much cleaner than Bostonians imagine, and the CRC collaborates directly with DCR to test and ensure the water is safe for swimming.
City Splash one of 3 main swimming events in the Charles happening annually. The Charles River Conservancy also hosts an annual water polo match, and the Charles River Swimming Club has hosted a 1-mile river swim since 2007. According to the CRC, the Charles is “one of the cleanest urban rivers in the United States.” While this year’s spots are full, tickets will become available if slots open up! Would you jump in?
Find 2023 City Splash at Fiedler Dock on the Boston side of the Charles River Esplanade on June 17, 2023 (Rain date June 18, 2023)