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.