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Feasibility Study: 'Swimming in the Charles'
Would a permanent swimming facility be potentially feasible at a park on the Charles River?

By Michael Miyamoto, LASN


The global design firm Stantec determined through a five-month study that a permanent swimming facility was potentially feasible at a park site bordering the Charles River in Boston. The firm compiled the report pro bono for the Charles River Conservancy (CRC), a nonprofit whose mission is to preserve and protect parklands along the Charles. Pictured here is the team's conceptual layout of the facility. The CRC is currently raising funds to get to the next stage.
Rendering: Stantec

A team of volunteers from the Boston office of Stantec, a global design firm, completed a study pro bono to determine whether a permanent swimming facility would be potentially feasible at a park on the Charles River, a waterway with a notorious history of pollution, but one that is now drastically cleaner.

The landscape architect-led Stantec team spent five months developing the study on behalf of the Charles River Conservancy (CRC), a nonprofit dedicated to the stewardship of Charles River parklands. It found that a permanent swimming facility is feasible, and recommended North Point Park as the preferred site.

"The CRC study was a great fit for our design professionals, who share a strong commitment to making a difference in the local community," said Joe Geller, RLA, FASLA, vice president of Stantec. "We hope the study serves as a springboard for further discussion and we're looking forward to continued participation."

Stantec team members met at least once a week, held three major presentations before the CRC and its board, and completed numerous office-wide study and design sessions as part of its pro bono work. The result is a formal document that the CRC now uses as a guide in its continuing quest to fund a swimming facility on the Charles.


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As seen in LASN magazine, March 2017 Stewardship.

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December 15, 2018, 9:12 am PST

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