Park History

History of the Esplanade

The Esplanade’s history is a fascinating story – a rise from mud flats to world-famous riverside park. No one waved a wand to achieve that transformation. The parkland evolved in stages, over several decades, at great cost and effort. Unsung heroes play starring roles in the drama.

The Cultural Landscape Report by Sherry Page Berg and The Charles River Esplanade

Our Boston Treasure by Linda M. Cox provides a historical overview of the Esplanade’s changing landscape as well as existing conditions and analysis.

Read the Esplanade Cultural Landscape Report.

Read The Charles River Esplanade Our Boston Treasure.

Read the Charles River Study Report.


  • Healthy, Fit & Fun

    Healthy, Fit & Fun classes will begin July 7th and will be held every week, Monday through Thursday, until mid-September.

  • July 4th Update!

    We are seeking volunteers to help out at our Esplanade Summer Dock Party on Thursday, July 17th.

  • A Special Gift for Dad

    This Father’s Day surprise your dad by having flowers planted on the Charles River Esplanade in his honor.

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