Mission & Vision


On behalf of the Greater Boston community, The Esplanade Association (TEA) works to restore and enhance Boston’s Charles River Esplanade.

In support of its mission, TEA works to:

  • Preserve the historical vision and integrity of the Esplanade
  • Improve the Esplanade’s physical facilities, landscape and adjacent waterways
  • Enhance the Esplanade’s cultural, educational and recreational programs

TEA’s mission is achieved through leadership, financial support, management assistance and advocacy in partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation and collaboration with other organizations that share a common vision or responsibility for the Esplanade.


TEA is a dynamic and collaborative organization that works as a primary partner with the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation to ensure the Charles River Esplanade is a world class park. This will be achieved when the Esplanade is fully and sensitively restored to creatively accommodate present and future uses, including active and passive recreation and cultural, environmental and educational programming.

TEA intends to build bridge to the metropolitan Boston community by supporting outreach, facilitating volunteer opportunities, and encouraging responsible use of the Esplanade.


  • 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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