The Romantic Story Behind the new ‘Fanny’ Appleton Footbridge

The new Frances ‘Fanny’ Appleton footbridge will open to the public at 6:00am on Saturday, September 1, 2018, providing a universally-accessible link from Charles Circle to the Esplanade. Part of MassDOT’s larger Longfellow Bridge Rehabilitation Project, the footbridge is beautifully designed by Rosales + Partners to offer views of the Longfellow Bridge, the Esplanade, and the […]


100-plus-foot-long colorful mural commissioned by the Esplanade Association and painted by local artist Silvia Lopez Chavez   August 28, 2018 – Boston, MA – A bright and lively art mural will remain on a heavily-trafficked stretch of the Charles River Esplanade just west of the Massachusetts Avenue Bridge for another year, thanks to a recent permit […]

Night Shift to Launch Riverfront Beer Garden on Boston’s Esplanade in Partnership with the Esplanade Association

City’s First Waterfront Beer Garden slated to open in Late July or Early August 2018 July 17, 2018 – Boston, MA – The Esplanade Association ( today announced a new partnership with Everett-based Night Shift Brewing, Night Shift Distributing and Night Shift Events to open the Owl’s Nest: The Esplanade Beer Garden. The newest addition […]


Esplanade Association’s Healthy, Fit & Fun Program Returns for the Eighth Straight Year July 5, 2018 – Boston, MA – Free fitness classes on the Esplanade will return for the eighth-straight year this summer! Beginning Tuesday, July 10, the Esplanade Association ( will again partner with some of Boston’s most respected fitness organizations to host the […]

Testimony re: Docket #0591 (Hearing Order to Discuss and Assess the Amount and Quality of Tree Coverage in the City of Boston)

My name is Michael Nichols and I am Executive Director of the Esplanade Association in Boston and also a resident of the Audubon Circle neighborhood here in the city. I wish to thank Councilor Pressley for her timely hearing order on this subject, Chairman O’Malley for calling this hearing, and each member of the Council […]

Esplanade Association Announces GroundBeat: The Esplanade’s Free Riverfront Music Series

Inaugural series will feature stunning riverfront views and a slate of local performing arts organizations in ‘off-Hatch Shell’ locations spread throughout the 3.1-mile-long park May 24, 2018 – Boston, MA – The Esplanade Association ( is thrilled to announce GroundBeat: The Esplanade’s Free Riverfront Music Series of diverse, carefully-curated, intimate musical performances, which kicks-off on June […]

Esplanade Association Announces Major Expansion of Esplanade 5K Thanks to Presenting Sponsorship of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts

Up to 1,000 racers expected to run the riverfront paths of the Charles River Esplanade in support of the park non-profit (May 9, 2018) Boston, MA –  Boston’s most popular running route will see even more foot-traffic than usual at the Esplanade 5K Presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts ( on Sunday, May […]

Comment Letter Re: I-90 Beacon Yards DEIR

February 9, 2018 Secretary Matthew A. Beaton Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs Att: MEPA Office, Alexander Strysky, EEA #15278 100 Cambridge Street, Suite 900 Boston, MA 02114 Via e-mail: Sec. Matthew Beaton ( Alex Strysky ( Re: I-90 Beacon Yards DEIR EEA # 15278 Dear Secretary Beaton, The Esplanade Association is a privately-funded […]


Considering Boston’s frigid winter days, it may be tempting to stay inside until the snow starts to melt. Do so, and you’ll miss seeing the Esplanade during a special time of year. There’s something especially beautiful about the fields and gardens draped in snow, and ice glittering on the rocks at the banks of the […]

Boston’s Esplanade Association Announces Immediate Rule Changes to Ban Philadelphia-Themed Products from the Esplanade

Boston’s Esplanade Association Announces Immediate Rule Changes to Ban Philadelphia-Themed Products from the Esplanade New rules in effect until Duck Boats return to Boston’s streets after Superbowl LII FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (JANUARY 23, 2017) – BOSTON, MA – The Esplanade Association (, nonprofit stewards of the 64-acre Charles River Esplanade in Boston, has enacted the […]