Esplanade Riverfront Pavilion

Since 2001, the Esplanade Association (EA), a private nonprofit, has worked closely with the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) by providing additional support over and above DCR’s capacity to care for the basic needs of the Esplanade. The Esplanade Association has invested over $16 million from generous donors to help restore and enhance the Charles River Esplanade. The funds raised have supported dozens of capital improvement projects, hundreds of free events and activities, and tens of thousands of hours devoted to beautifying the 64-acre park.

With the recent demolition and remediation of the defunct Lee Pool on the Esplanade – long-shuttered as a public swimming pool, but home to EA’s and DCR’s in-park operations – a once-in-a-generation opportunity has presented itself.

Over 20 stakeholder groups gathered in 2017 to consider the highest, best use for this 2-acre parcel of public land. Through this public process a consensus emerged about what the Esplanade needs— a community gathering place, a flexible programming venue, critical park amenities, support for the Esplanade Association’s in-park operations, increased access to the riverfront, broadened recreational opportunities, reclaimed parkland, and an improved connection from the Lee Pool area to the broader Esplanade landscape.

If you are interested in receiving more information, or in making a gift, please contact Michael Nichols, Executive Director, at or 617-532-0051.