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.


  • Give 5% for Earth Day

    Join us for the 5% for Earth Day campaign on Saturday, April 26th. Your purchase from a select list of retailers will benefit our work to make life better on the Esplanade..

  • Welcome Kate Fichter!

    The Esplanade Association is pleased to welcome Kate Fichter as our new Executive Director. We are very excited to have Kate join us and know that she will help us to continue our mission to make life better on the Esplanade.

  • Happening Now on the Esplanade

    It may seem quiet on the Charles River Esplanade but The Esplanade Association has been busier than ever caring for the park and we wanted to highlight some of the important work that we are doing right now.

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