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


WE’RE HIRING! Learn more about our openings for a Volunteer & Programs Coordinator, Seasonal Horticulturists, Database and Development Coordinator, and Summer Programs Intern 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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Get Your Best Rates for 2019 Events!

For a limited time, buying our Esplanade Events Package gets you the lowest price ticket to all our signature events and other great benefits! Lock in your place at the 9th Annual Summer Dock Party and Moondance After Dark and get a discounted entry to the Esplanade 5K Presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts. Purchase the Esplanade Events Package!

Join us at Frost Fit Fest Presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts

Please join us for an outdoor fitness event that’s guaranteed to be both exhilarating and calorie-burning! Help us celebrate the end of the Frost Fit Winter Series Presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts. The morning will be filled with a series of workouts for all backgrounds and experience levels, including a warm-up, fun run, and silent disco. We’re thrilled to have Adrianne Haslet participate in the event!

The first 400 participants will receive a Frost Fit Winter Series Threadfast® tank top!

Join us for your favorite activity or stay for the whole morning! REGISTER HERE. 

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.

An Impactful 2018 Volunteer Season

Our 2018 volunteer season has officially come to an end. An incredible 1,641 volunteers dedicated 4,757 hours of their time in the park. That’s the equivalent of TWO full-time maintenance staff. Thank you to all the companies and individuals who helped care for the Esplanade this year! If you are interested in getting on the list to learn about 2019 volunteer dates, please email Micah Jasny (

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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