• About the Esplanade

About the Esplanade Association

The Esplanade Association (EA) is the only private non-profit group dedicated to maintaining and improving the Charles River Esplanade. Like all public parks, the Esplanade requires ongoing care and maintenance, and throughout its existence it has gone through periods of restoration and decline.

The Esplanade Association was formed in 2001 because the park had fallen into a state of decline, and local community members recognized the need for a park friends group that could help to restore and enhance the Esplanade.

Since our founding EA has been the catalyst for over $28 million in park improvements. This work has been accomplished in collaboration with the Department of Conservation and Restoration.

We invite you to explore the Esplanade Association’s website to learn more about what we do, and how you can help. We look forward to seeing you on the Esplanade!

About the Esplanade

What We Do

The Esplanade Association works with volunteers, members, donors and community partners to ensure that the park remains a resource for everyone to enjoy.

Park Projects

With the help of supporters and community partners we have successfully completed major capital projects including rebuilding the boating docks, building new playgrounds, revitalizing the Eliot Memorial, and restoring the Hatch Shell Oval lawn.

Park Care

We employ both a full time and seasonal horticulturist who help to green and beautify the park using sustainable landscape practices. In addition we host over 3,000 volunteers each year to assist with landscape care, trash removal, and general maintenance.


We partner with local businesses each summer to offer free community enriching programs such as outdoor group fitness classes that attract over 5,000 participants and a camp that brings over 1,000 youth from under-served areas around Boston to enjoy a day of outdoor recreation on the Esplanade.


We advocate for additional public and private resources for improved park access and connections to the surrounding neighborhoods, for the restoration of parkland and horticulture, and for improved park amenities. We also monitor projects with potential negative impact on the park.