Advocacy at our core.

As one of 150 properties managed by the Department of Conservation and Recreation, the Charles River Esplanade needs its ardent fans to give voice to the park’s unique history and pleasures as well as its issues and challenges. TEA continuously promotes and seeks greater public investment in urban parks.

In 2010, when the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (DOT) launched its massive plan to restore the Longfellow Bridge, TEA moved quickly to present plans to re-design pedestrian connections to the bridge.

TEA demonstrated both the importance and feasibility of improved approaches to the parkland on both sides of the river. Our advocacy worked. DOT leadership has embraced a bridge update that encompasses better park access. With our members, volunteers, and community partners behind us, TEA had a stronger voice.

This is just one example of how TEA advocates for a better park. Visit our News page for more updates on advocacy issues.


  • 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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