Charlesbank Playground to become Gronk Playground in 2022!

Gronk and the Gronk Nation Youth Foundation Donate $1.2 Million to Fund the Full Renovation of 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.

Gronk and the Gronk Nation Youth Foundation’s generous donation will fund the complete renovation of the Charlesbank Playground on the Esplanade. The new playground will modernize the current playscape and bring more accessible equipment to ensure that kids of all levels and abilities will be able to enjoy the space and have access to equipment that allows them to strengthen their bodies and imagination!

A special thank you to Governor Charlie Baker, Secretary Kathleen Theoharides, Susan Hurley, DCR Commissioner Jim Montgomery, State Representative Jay Livingstone, State Senator Sal DiDomenico, and our partners of 20 years at DCR for making this monumental project for the Esplanade possible.

Photo by Michael Blanchard

About the Charlesbank Playground Renovation Project

The Esplanade Association, with support from the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), aims to renovate the Charlesbank Playground, located on the Charles River Esplanade between the Science Park / West End MBTA station and the Blossom Street Footbridge.

The design for the new playground will prioritize a modern approach to play equipment and increased physical fitness opportunities for children of all ages and abilities, while bringing together families from communities around the metro Boston area — all just steps from the Museum of Science, Massachusetts General Hospital, the West End, Beacon Hill, Back Bay, Teddy Ebersol’s Red Sox Fields, and more.

Press Coverage

Rob Gronkowski returns to Boston, donates $1.2 million for playground renovation: The Boston Globe
Gronk Donates $1.2 Million Toward Boston Playground Renovation: NBC Boston
Rob Gronkowski donates $1.2 million to renovate Boston playground: CBS News
Gronk returns to New England to donate $1.2 million to Charlesbank Playground renovation: Patriots
Rob Gronkowski donates $1.2 million to renovate Boston’s Charlesbank Playground: Boston25News
Rob Gronkowski thanks Patriots, Robert Kraft during Boston park donation [+video]: Boston Herald
Governor Baker announces playground donation from Rob Gronkowski: 22News WWLP
Rob Gronkowski hand delivers $1.2 million to renovate Boston Playground: ‘Special Connection to New England’: CBS Sports
Rob Gronkowski Donates $1.2 Million For Renovation of Boston Playground: NESN
He’s back in Boston! Gronk returns to donate money for playground renovation: WCVB
Rob Gronkowski returns to Boston to donate $1.2 million for Charles River Esplanade playground renovation: Boston.com
NFL star Rob Gronkowski gives $1.2M to renovate playground: Fox 61
Sports in Brief: The Berkshire Eagle

Gronk says he is bringing the biggest and baddest slide to the Gronk Playground in 2022! In addition to the brand new slide, the new playground will have more modernized and more accessible equipment for children of all ages and abilities to enjoy.

Photo by Sebastian Gonzalez Quintero