Community Rowing (CRI) was founded in 1985 dedicated to the belief that the sport of rowing provides unique opportunities to promote personal and community growth through teamwork, discipline, and physical fitness. We are committed to making these opportunities available to all, thus our motto, “Rowing for All.” Since it s founding, CRI has become one of the largest rowing programs in the United States, with more than 1,500 people rowing with us annually.
Located on the Charles River, an internationally recognized venue for rowing and a gem within the Massachusetts park system, CRI was the first public rowing club in Boston and remains one of the largest in the United States. CRI is committed to its mission of enriching the greater community and provides broad-based programs for youth and adults of novice to elite skill levels.
The one constant at CRI through our 30+-year history is the involvement of the community of rowers. It simply defines the club. We endlessly work to achieve our goal of affordable, quality rowing for all levels of ability. While we don’t have membership “dues,” we do ask that all participants pay a facilities fee, and we think we offer a pretty good value for doing so.
Those who pay the fee receive yearlong access to the locker rooms, weight room, spin bikes, and ergs. If you own a boat, you can car top it in and use our docks for launching. It also helps us keep the boathouse open 98 hours a week over 7 days. The Facilities Fee is required of all participants, youth and adult, who register for a rowing program.