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Our Partnership with DCR

The Esplanade Association, working in collaboration with the Department of Conservation and Recreation, is dedicated to enhancing the experiences of the millions of visitors who enjoy Boston’s iconic riverside greenspace.

Department of Conservation and Recreation

Mass-DCR-EAThe DCR is steward of one of the largest state parks systems in the country. Its 450,000 acres are made up of forests, parks, greenways, historic sites and landscapes, seashores, lakes, ponds, reservoirs and watersheds. To find out more visit DCR’s website.

DCR Mission

To protect, promote and enhance our common wealth of natural, cultural and recreational resources.

Contact DCR

Department of Conservation and Recreation
251 Causeway Street, Suite 900
Boston, MA 02114-2104
DCR Main Phone: 617-626-1250
DCR Main Fax: 617-626-1351
E-Mail: mass.parks@state.ma.us

Report Problems

To report problems at the park please use the Esplanade-1-1 Non-Emergency Feedback System for the Esplanade. If it’s an emergency, please call 911.

Special Use Permit

DCR requires a Special Use Permit for any use or activity which exceeds in any way the common use of DCR parklands. These include and are not limited to events such as:

  • Sporting activities and tournaments
  • Concerts
  • Charity walks
  • Road races
  • Cultural festivals
  • Group gatherings

To find out more about applying for a Special Use Permit with DCR, visit their website. You can also reach out to info@esplanadeassociation.org to get more information/help with the process.