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SPRING 2020 TREE CARE WORK! Learn more about the Spring 2020 Tree Care work happening on the Esplanade in partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation in our recent blog post

WE’RE HERE TO HELP! Are you looking to plan an event on the Esplanade? Reach out to Kelsey Pramik, Director of Programs & Outreach, via email at

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Visiting the Esplanade

This week, more than ever, we are grateful for the Esplanade. It is a place where we all can can clear our heads and get exercise in these uncertain times

While Governor Baker has issued a new stay-at-home advisory to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, you are still permitted to go for a walk and visit public parks such as the Esplanade, although it is critical you adhere to social distancing guidelines when you do:

  • Stay approximately six feet away from other people
  • Do not congregate in groups
  • Practice good hygiene: continue to wash hands, use hand sanitizer, cover coughs and sneezes with your elbows, and stay home if you feel sick
  • If the park is too crowded when you arrive, please return at another time

RFP for GroundBeat Music Series

The Esplanade Association has issued an RFP for producers and artists interested in performing in GroundBeat: the Esplanade’s FREE Riverfront Music Series.

GroundBeat aims to increase opportunities to perform on the Esplanade for producers and artists across greater Boston who are committed to increasing inclusivity and diversity in Boston’s arts scene or who may not otherwise have had the chance to perform at one of the state’s most high-profile performing arts venues— the DCR Hatch Shell.

View the RFP here. 

Charles River Cleanup (POSTPONED)

The 21st Annual Charles River Cleanup, originally scheduled for Saturday, April 25, 2020 is POSTPONED to Fall 2020. A new date will be announced in the future.

The Program Partners are committed to safely continuing the largest river clean-up in the country this year once it clear that the event can be held.

If you have already registered, we will follow-up with you once a new date is determined. To pre-register for the fall event or to get on the list to be notified of the new date, contact the Program Partner managing your preferred site.

Thank you for your patience and thank you to our partners at the Massachusetts Department of Conservation & Recreation for working with us on the postponement and for keeping our state parks open during this period of uncertainty.

Lasting Esplanade Arbor Fund (L.E.A.F.)

In fall 2019, we planted the first 20 trees of our Lasting Esplanade Arbor Fund (L.E.A.F.) project. These are only 20 of the several hundred trees that the Esplanade Association will plant as part of the L.E.A.F. project, which will also include several plantings in spring 2020.

These tree-planting efforts are made possible by the Esplanade Association in partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, and a host of L.E.A.F. donors and partner organizations!

What We Do

The Esplanade Association is a privately-funded nonprofit organization that works to revitalize and enhance the Charles River Esplanade, sustain its natural green space, and build community in the park by providing educational, cultural, and recreational programs for everyone.

Working in collaboration with the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, the Esplanade Association is dedicated to improving the experiences of the millions of visitors who enjoy Boston’s iconic riverside park.

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