2020 Year in Review

Although 2020 provided us all with many challenges, here at the Esplanade Association we are grateful for the work we were able to accomplish this past year thanks to the support of our donors, members, volunteers, and partners at the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR). As we embark on celebrating our 20th year as an organization, we’re reflecting on our incredible achievements in 2020—a year where the Esplanade was more indispensable than ever before. Read on below for our full year in review!

The Esplanade Association Celebrates 20TH Anniversary with Multi-Sensory Winter Illumination Experience at the Iconic DCR Hatch Shell

Boston-based creative studio MF Dynamics to debut “Hatched: Breaking through the Silence,” a projection-mapping and sonic public art work during 300+ outdoor showings on the Esplanade Jan. 22 to Feb. 21, 2021   January 4, 2021 – Boston, MA – To mark the 20th Anniversary of the Esplanade Association’s successful public-private partnership with the Massachusetts Department […]

About the CARES Act

To encourage increased giving to non-profits, the Federal Government recently passed the CARES Act, which reinstates and increases a number of charitable deduction items. If you itemize, you can deduct gifts totaling up to 100% of your Adjusted Gross Income. This is for gifts made between January 1 and June 30, 2020. Donors who want […]

The Composers on the Hatch Shell

A notable feature of the Hatch Shell is the names of composers emblazoned on it.​ ​The decision of which names to memorialize on the new Shell, in 1940, fell to Arthur Fiedler and Serge Koussevitzky, BSO conductor at the time. They felt overwhelmed by the decision and decided to put the issue out to others. […]

This Spring is Different, yet…

by Debbie Wiess, April 2020 Running along the Charles River I observe the cyclical rhythm of nature. From the equinox mid-March and through April and May there are all sorts of small indications that reveal a world that is awakening and renewing itself. The changes are imperceptible. One hardly notices anything at first. But over time one remarks  […]

2019 Year in Review

As our 19th year as an organization comes to a close, we’re reflecting on the incredible things we accomplished together last year. The numbers speak for themselves: 23,500 estimated attendees at Esplanade Association events (concerts, fitness classes, tours & much more!) 5,400 miles run by participants in EA-sponsored 5Ks in the spring and fall 5,100 […]

Spring 2020 Tree Care on the Esplanade

The Esplanade is home to over 1,700 trees, making the park a critical green corridor along the Charles River. These trees provide valuable ecological benefits, including storing carbon dioxide, filtering stormwater, and providing a home for small mammals and birds. They enchant visitors in the spring when the cherry blossoms bloom, offer shade in the […]

American Association of Endodontists offering free endodontic care in Boston

WHAT: The American Association of Endodontists (AAE) is collaborating with endodontics departments at the schools of dental medicine at Boston University, Harvard University, and Tufts University to provide free endodontic care to patients, pre-qualified on the basis of need, in the Boston area. WHY: This past March, AAE launched a contest to spotlight four beautiful […]

Testimony on Senate Bill 158

Michael Nichols, The Esplanade Association Thank you, Nick and thank you to the Committee for having us here today. I am here to urge the Committee not to advance Senate Bill 158, which would effectively legislate beer and wine gardens out of existence in Massachusetts. In a former role as Chief of Staff at the […]

Arbor Day 2019 Tree Work

In support of Arbor Day 2019 (26 April), the Esplanade Association is pleased to partner with Barrett Tree Service East for a second consecutive year to improve soil conditions for the trees in the park. Soil compaction, which restricts oxygen, water, and nutrient availability to tree’s roots, is a serious concern relating to overall tree […]