Children in the Park (CHiP)

Children in the Park (ChiP) is a program designed to increase access to recreational activities on the Esplanade for Boston-area youth living in neighborhoods throughout Greater Boston. The Esplanade Association (EA) partners with Associated Grant Makers’ Summer Fund to serve children ages 5 to 17 who attend one of a network of about 70 day camps that provide a safe place for recreation, academic enrichment and promote cross-cultural understanding.

EA introduced ChiP as a means to support the physical well-being of children and to introduce more Boston youth to the joys of outdoor play at the Esplanade. EA coordinates the scheduling, welcomes and orients campers and counselors to the Park, introduces and teaches games, and supplies play equipment. More than 7,000 children have participated in ChiP since 2009. EA constantly works to expand partnerships with local sports and educational organizations to provide free activities for the campers and further enhance camper’s enjoyment of the Esplanade.

Programs and Activities include, but are not limited to:

  • Free play and organized activities at the Teddy Ebersol’s Red Sox Fields
  • Access to the new state-of-the-art Esplanade Playspace
  • Sports clinics from local sports teams and organizations
  • Scavenger hunts
  • Splash Pool
  • Lunch on the river banks

Thank you to the Highland Street FoundationBoston Bruins Foundation, Stop & Shop and the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) for supporting our 2018 Children in the Park program. Your generosity allowed 700 children to experience the joys of outdoor play in the Park!

2018 camp partners include: Mass Audubon, Metro Lacrosse, Knuckle Bones, BU REACH Summer Dance Program, the Boston Bruins Foundation, the New England Aquarium, and the Museum of Science.

Thanks to our partners: