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Esplanade Virtual 5K Presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts

In this uncertain time, the Esplanade has served as a much needed respite for people to walk, bike, run, and breathe fresh air. It has never been a more valuable resource than it has for the last two months.

Now, you can support the park by running in a Virtual 5K! Register for the Esplanade Virtual 5K Presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts and your race entry will benefit the ongoing care and upkeep of the Esplanade!

Visiting the Esplanade

While Governor Baker has issued a 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 health and safety guidelines when you do:

  • Massachusetts residents are required to wear a cloth face covering in public places, including while exercising
  • Stay at least six feet away from other people
  • Do not congregate in groups
  • Participate only in non-contact recreational activities
  • Wash hands, use hand sanitizer, and cover coughs and sneezes
  • Stay home if you feel sick and/or are part of a vulnerable population
  • Respect all closures (playgrounds. Exercise course, ball fields)

Pathway Usage Guidelines

  • As always, please be kind and share the pathways
  • Always pass to the left, keeping at least six feet of distance
  • If you are not able to pass with recommended distance, please wait
  • If space is constricted, please yield to others and walk in single file when passing
  • Keep to manageable speeds and stay right to allow others to pass
  • Per park rules, dogs must be on leashes (Yes, even the good dogs)

2020 Virtual Annual Meeting

Please save the date for Tuesday, June 16 from 5:00pm to 6:00pm for our Virtual Annual Meeting. We will share updates on the Esplanade Association’s events and activities for the year and hope that you can join us! Register at the link below and we’ll follow up closer to the date in order to share the instructions for joining by Zoom. Register here.

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.