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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)

An Update on the 2020 Moondance Gala

Based on the uncertainty surrounding the ongoing pandemic, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the beloved Moondance Gala in 2020. After many conversations with our chairs, Carolina Säve-Natale & Bryan Natale and Margo & Fred Newman, the safety of our friends and supporters must be our top priority. In addition, we determined it was not fiscally responsible to take on the financial risk associated with planning an event that could likely need to be cancelled at a later date. Your support is more critically needed than ever before. 

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!

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.