Celebrating our 20th Anniversary

Announcing Hatched: Breaking through the Silence

We’re thrilled to announce today Hatched: Breaking through the Silence,” a four week illumination and sound experience to provide a family-friendly and physically-distant celebration at the Hatch Shell this winter.

The work is an original 15-minute visual and musical performance led by Boston-based creative Maria Finkelmeier of MF Dynamics.

The piece marks the 20th Anniversary of the Esplanade Association’s successful public-private partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR).

Esplanade Virtual Wellness Challenge

Prioritize your wellness this winter! We’ve partnered with Wishroute for the Esplanade Virtual Wellness Challenge, running from Tuesday, January 19 to Saturday, February 13.

For the Esplanade Virtual Wellness Challenge, participants will receive an inspirational text from a member of Wishroute’s personal accountability team every morning and a check-in text at night to see how participants prioritized their health that day throughout the duration of the challenge. Participants will earn 1 point each day that they do something to promote their personal wellness.

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.

Visiting the Esplanade

Please follow all Massachusetts guidelines and advisories as you visit the park, including:

  • 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 any 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.