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Volunteer with Us!

The Esplanade Association is thrilled to welcome back small, physically-distant volunteer days on the Esplanade. We welcome groups of ten that will complete activities such as bench painting, litter removal, and potentially more, depending on the season.

Learn more about how to bring your company or group to volunteer on the Esplanade here.

The 2020 Volunteer Season on the Esplanade is Powered By REI Co-op.

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.

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!

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)

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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