The Esplanade Association is a 21-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.


River Fit Summer Fitness Series 2022!

Enjoy FREE fitness classes on the Esplanade this summer! 

River Fit consists of a variety of outdoor fitness classes— including dance fitness classes, high-intensity interval training, and yoga— that are taught for a range of experience levels and abilities. People of all ages and fitness-levels are invited to get fit for free in the park while enjoying beautiful riverfront views!

Music and Movement!

Join the Esplanade Association and Boston Music Project at the Stoneman Playground on the Esplanade for FREE family-friendly music and movement programming for children and families of all ages!

Music and Movement is a summer-long, interactive music program at the Stoneman Playground designed for children and their caregivers. Each week, children will sing songs, dance to music, and enjoy storytime led by trained Boston Music Project teaching artists. Caregivers are encouraged to attend and take part in the music games with their children. When registering, caregivers should select tickets for both themselves and their child/children.


8/9 Local Lunchbox and Fresh Air Fitness With Cindy Cancelled

Due to the weather, the Esplanade Local Lunchbox location will not be operating and Fresh Air Fitness with Cindy will not occur tomorrow (8/9).

8/8 River Fit Zumba led by Healthworks Cancelled

Due to the extreme heat, Zumba led by Healthworks at the Hatch Shell will not be occurring tonight (8/8).

8/4 & 8/5 Local Lunchbox Cancelled

Due to the extreme heat, the Esplanade Local Lunchbox location will not be operating today and tomorrow (8/4, 8/5).

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.

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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.