Celebrating our 20th Anniversary

Run the Esplanade 5K Presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts!

We’re thrilled to announce that the Esplanade 5K Presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts will return to the Esplanade on Sunday, August 29 at 9am! Join up to a thousand of your fellow Esplanade-lovers and run the most popular running route in Greater Boston, kicking off at the iconic Hatch Memorial Shell.

We’re Hiring!

The Esplanade Association is currently seeking an Operations Coordinator, Horticulturist, Seasonal Horticulturist, and Turf & Maintenance SpecialistIn 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!

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!

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

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.

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.