• Esplanade Association Advocacy

Advocacy at Our Core

EA advocates on a wide range of issues that relate to the Park.  We often initiate conversations around issues of particular importance to the care of the Esplanade and the experience for Esplanade visitors, as well as support many efforts that generally benefit the green spaces in greater Boston.

As one of over 150 properties managed by the Department of Conservation and Recreation, the Charles River Esplanade needs its ardent fans to give voice to the park’s unique history and pleasures as well as its issues and challenges.

In 2010, when the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (DOT) launched its massive plan to restore the Longfellow Bridge, EA moved quickly to present plans to re-design pedestrian connections to the bridge.

EA demonstrated both the importance and feasibility of improved approaches to the parkland on both sides of the river. Our advocacy worked. DOT leadership has embraced a bridge update that encompasses better park access. With our members, volunteers, and community partners behind us, EA had a stronger voice.

2017 Advocacy Efforts

In 2017 we expect major advocacy efforts to be centered around the revitalization of the Lee Pool area (closed for the last 16 years), the State Police Barracks Renovations and our effective solutions to pedestrian/bike safety.  We will also continue our monitoring and advocacy on the many projects associated with the New Charles River Basin and the Charlesgate Greenway.

Want to learn more? A few examples of how you can learn more about our work in the park.