Park Care

We Care for the Park

The Esplanade Association is involved in many aspects of park management: major projects, landscape planning, and maintenance.

The Esplanade Association’s staff consists of trained professionals in the fields of horticulture and park maintenance. It is the Association’s goal to restore and enhance the parks landscape-making it greener, healthier, and more beautiful for you.

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How it works:

  • We collaborate with the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) staff to decide on the level of care and maintenance being provided by the Association on the Esplanade.
  • We agree to the care and maintenance of specific elements or areas within the park or throughout the entire park.
  • Our staff and volunteers care and maintain these elements and areas within the park and work with professional contractors, as necessary, to assist with maintenance and projects.


At The Esplanade Association we believe that maintenance is fundamental. We do not undertake projects unless we are committed to maintaining them. The Association employs a full time Horticulturist who works daily to maintain and improve the Esplanade. In addition we host nearly 2,000 volunteers a year to help with park maintenance.


Caring for the Esplanade is ongoing and there are still a great deal of improvements to be made. We are focused on a number of projects and maintenance tasks that are improving the health and beauty of the park. The Esplanade Association conducts all work at the park with environmental sensitivity, respect for the parks’ historic landscape design, and an appreciation of the recreational needs of modern users.

To find out more about the Association’s horticulture and beautification work, please explore the menu on the left under “Park Care.”


  • 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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