Welcome to the Esplanade Association
The historic Charles River Esplanade is a special park enjoyed by millions of visitors each year. Whether you stroll along the river, attend a concert or dance at the Hatch Shell, bring children to Stoneman Playground, play ball at Teddy Ebersol’s Red Sox Fields, sail on the river, work out on the Sherborn Street exercise equipment or enjoy countless other enriching activities, the century old Esplanade is a park that is cherished by all.
This public green space, which stretches along the Charles River for three miles between the Museum of Science and the Boston University Bridge, contributes in many ways to the vitality and vibrancy of Boston. The Esplanade, like all public parks, requires ongoing care and maintenance. The Esplanade Association was formed in 2001 as a park friends group to help restore and enhance the Esplanade. The Esplanade Association works in partnership with the Department of Conservation and Recreation, however, we receive no money from the city or state. All of our work is 100% privately funded. Many park improvements have been made since the Esplanade Association was founded, but there is still a great deal left to do.
The Esplanade is your park, and you play an important role in its upkeep and preservation. As a volunteer, Esplanade Association member, major donor or advocate, your contribution makes a huge difference in the look and feel of the Esplanade today and into the future. Generous community support since 2001 has made it possible to rebuild Stoneman Playground and the ball fields at Lederman Park, replace river docks, install benches, new water fountains and solar trash compactors, re-open the Dartmouth Street bathrooms, improve tree care and, most recently, complete the restoration of the Hatch Shell Oval lawn.
The Esplanade Association’s work doesn’t stop at park improvement projects. Many community partners have joined the Esplanade Association in providing fun and free programs such as yoga and dancing at the park and bringing children from many neighborhoods to the park to discover the joys of outdoor play along the river. Also, the Esplanade Association works with public officials and numerous park friends groups to advocate for investment in and protection of the Esplanade and other green spaces.
We invite you to explore the Esplanade Association’s website to learn more about us and about the Esplanade. Thank you for your interest. We look forward to seeing you on the Charles River Esplanade!