Celebrating our 20th Anniversary

Gronk and the Gronk Nation Youth Foundation Donate $1.2 Million to the Esplanade Association to Renovate the Charlesbank Playground

We were thrilled to be joined by Rob Gronkowski on Friday, May 7 at the Charlesbank Playground to accept his $1.2 million donation check to the Esplanade Association and the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, on behalf of himself and the Gronk Nation Youth Foundation.

Photo by Michael Blanchard

TEAM ESPLANADE & the 2021 Boston Marathon

The Esplanade is the premier running trail in Greater Boston. Throughout this summer and fall, the excitement will build for the Boston Marathon® runners who turn to the Esplanade’s riverfront pathways and footbridges as the setting for their training runs. This year, we are fortunate 15 runners will have the opportunity to support this beloved training route by joining TEAM ESPLANADE, the Esplanade Association’s Official Charity Team of the 2021 Boston Marathon.

If you or someone you know is passionate about the Esplanade, we hope you’ll consider running the 125th Boston Marathon® on October 11, 2021 as part of the Esplanade Association’s Official Charity Team!

We’re Hiring!

Join our team! We’re currently hiring for a Grounds Maintenance Specialist.

In the last few years, EA launched the Lasting Esplanade Arbor Fund (L.E.A.F.) Initiative, curated three public art murals and a winter illumination experience at the Hatch Shell, produced roughly 70 high-quality events, and much more. It’s an exciting time to join a growing team at a small, visible, and successful non-profit!

An Incredible Month of Hatched: Breaking through the Silence

Thank you to all who came out to experience Hatched: Breaking through the Silence this winter. Hatched was a four week illumination and sound experience that provided a family-friendly and physically-distant celebration at the DCR Hatch Shell.

The work was an original 15-minute visual and musical performance led by Boston-based creative Maria Finkelmeier of MF Dynamics, marking the 20th Anniversary of the Esplanade Association’s successful public-private partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR).

Photo by Aram Boghosian

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.