Pedestrian and Bike Traffic Diverted as Boston’s Backyard Gets Some TLC. | February 17, 2017

The Esplanade Association, is pleased to announce that an anonymous donation came in for tree care on the Charles River Esplanade Park. In partnership with the Department of Conservation and Recreation, we have scheduled tree work to be completed this February. The work being done by Bartlett Tree Expert, will take place on the south side of the park between Dartmouth Street footbridge and Fiedler Street Footbridge.  Due to the nature of the work, pedestrians and cyclist will be diverted away from the active crew and directed through a safer path way, keeping them out of harm’s way.  The work will last approximately two weeks, weather permitting.  Signage will be posted to direct pedestrians and bikers to a safe path. Please note, they will be doing tree crown pruning and potential heavy tree limbs will be falling and safety is our priority. Please follow ‘detour’ signs for your safety.

The Charles River Esplanade is home to over 1,700 trees, many of which are mature and contribute substantially to the urban tree canopy of Boston.  Tree care, or pruning is an essential part of preserving this historic canopy for generations to come.  We will be pruning, removing dead and diseased branches, more than 172 trees.  They will also be removing three trees which are failing.  Removal of these three dead trees is an imperative, ensuring the safety of park goer is a priority as is preventing tree diseases from spreading. It is our goal to replant these trees this year.

The trees were selected to be cared for through a collective process involving DCR arborist Jeff Enochs and EA Horticulture Manager Renee Portanova.