Each year, the Esplanade Association invests over $1,000,000 in the park.


WE’RE HIRING! Learn more about our openings for a Programs & Marketing Intern (Full-time, Seasonal), Seasonal Horticulturists, and Summer Programs Intern (Part-time) and please share with your networks!

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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VOTE for the Esplanade!

VOTE FOR THE ESPLANADE! Today through April 24, you can submit one vote on each of your devices to help win $20,000 for the preservation of the Esplanade and $30,000 for endodontic care for people throughout the City of Boston from the American Association of Endodontists. Cast your vote today!

Run ‘Boston’s Most Beautiful 5K’

Join up to a thousand of your fellow Esplanade-lovers and run the most popular running route in Greater Boston at “Boston’s Most Beautiful 5K”!  

This course takes a scenic riverfront route with spectacular views of the Longfellow Bridge, Boston and Cambridge skyline, and Esplanade lagoons during the spring bloom season. 

Runners of all abilities are encouraged to participate. Register at

Kentucky Dog Derby

Celebrate the Kentucky Derby in style with your pooch at the Esplanade!

The Kentucky Dog Derby is a 1/2-mile parade around the Esplanade to benefit the park, highlighting it as a resource for dog owners while celebrating the arrival of spring.

We encourage both you and your dog to wear your Derby finest (bow ties, hats, sundresses, florals, and more) – there will be prizes for both best-dressed pup and for human/dog duet! Register here. 


A dedicated group of runners have committed to run throughout Boston’s grueling winter months in support of the Esplanade. They are part of TEAM ESPLANADE, an Official Charity of the 2019 Boston Marathon. Get to know the team and how you can help them.

Register for the March 23 fundraiser at Loretta’s Last Call.

What We Do

The Esplanade Association is a 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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