Take a Swim in the Charles River This Summer

The CitySplash Swim the Charles event will return in July.

Charles River

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It might be time to drop the Charles River’s “dirty water” nickname.

The Charles River Conservancy recently announced on its Facebook page that it will be bringing back the popular CitySplash Swim the Charles event this summer for one day only.

Locals will once again get the chance to dive into the river off the Fiedler Dock on the Boston Esplanade on Tuesday, July 12 from 2 to 6 p.m.

Love that dirty water? Too bad! It’s clean! Let’s go swimming!

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Registration is required for the event, and all participants must be ages 10 and up. Organizers also ask that swimmers don’t bring any flotation devices and to not attempt any flips off of the dock.

Dogs are welcome to come along, however, they won’t be allowed to swim.

The Charles River has slowly become a safe swimming hole again thanks to a number of environmental programs over the years.

In 1995, the United States Environmental Protection Agency created the Charles River Initiative to kick off clean-up efforts. The Conservancy, along with a number of other groups, launched the Swimmable Charles Initiative in 2004 to continue the cause.

After decades of clean-up work, the Conservancy hosted the first public swimming events at the Charles in 2013.

The CitySplash Swim the Charles 2016 event will take place on Tuesday, July 12 from 2 to 6 p.m. Registration is required. For more information, check out thecharles.org.