The Esplanade Association is a 20-year-old non-profit 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.


11th Annual Summer Dock Party!

We’re thrilled to invite you to the Esplanade Association’s 11th Annual Summer Dock Party on Thursday, July 21 from 6:30pm to 10:00pm. Set against the incomparable backdrop of the Charles River at sunset, on the docks of Community Boating, Inc. and in the adjoining Eliot Garden, the Annual Summer Dock Party has become a social highlight for Bostonians.

Upcoming Summer Programs!

As the hot Summer days approach, be on the lookout for our ever-increasing programs! Next up is a Guided History Tour on Wednesday, June 22nd at 6PM. (link hereSign up for our various Guided Tours throughout the summer and watch for information regarding GroundBeat Concerts, fitness classes, children’s programs, and more happening throughout the summer months!


Thank you to TEAM ESPLANADE for running to support the park in the 126th Annual Boston Marathon!

The Boston Athletics Association named the Esplanade Association an Official Charity of the 126th Boston Marathon. We created TEAM ESPLANADE, a group of runners dedicated to protecting and maintaining the Esplanade. The team amazed and inspired us throughout the journey. We are so grateful for our runners’ enthusiasm and boundless support for the park.

Esplanade Association Announces Charlesbank Landing Project

On September 20, we announced a $20 million gift commitment to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts that would fund the establishment of Charlesbank Landing, a two-acre riverfront park enhancement on the historic Charles River Esplanade in Boston.

Gronk and the Gronk Nation Youth Foundation Donate $1.2 Million to the Esplanade Association to Renovate the Charlesbank Playground

We were thrilled to be joined by Rob Gronkowski on Friday, May 7 at the Charlesbank Playground to accept his $1.2 million donation check to the Esplanade Association and the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, on behalf of himself and the Gronk Nation Youth Foundation.

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2021 Platinum Seal of Transparency

Our organization earned a 2021 Platinum Seal of Transparency! Now, everyone can see our strategy, metrics, and achievements. Check out our updated Nonprofit Profile on Candid.

E-1-1 Non-Emergency Feedback System

The Esplanade Association strives to make the park safe, happy, and welcoming for all. We have a close relationship with many partners who operate in the park, including the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, Community Boating Inc., Night Shift Brewing, and more. If you see anything that could help us make the park better, please use this form and we will route your comment to the appropriate entity.