The Esplanade Association is a 20-year-old non-profit 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.


River Fit Fitness Series | July 22 – October 29

River Fit consists of a variety of outdoor fitness classes— including dance fitness classes, high-intensity interval training, and yoga— that are taught for a range of experience levels and abilities. View all River Fit classes and how to register here.

Guided History Tour | September 22, 2021 | 5pm

There are countless stories behind Boston’s premier riverside park and we want to share them with you! The Esplanade Association’s free Guided History Tours will walk participants through the fascinating history of the Esplanade. Our guided tours last about an hour-and-a-half and cover about a mile of the Esplanade and over 150 years of history! Register for our Guided History Tour here.


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.

TEAM ESPLANADE & The 125th 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 11 runners will support this beloved training route as part of TEAM ESPLANADE, the Esplanade Association’s Official Charity Team of the 2021 Boston Marathon on October 11, 2021.

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).

Clickable Park Map

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.