• Esplanade Association

Esplanade Association Projects

Since our founding in 2001, the Esplanade Association has been the catalyst for over $28M dollars in park improvements. Some of our capital projects have included rebuilding the river docks, building two new playgrounds, renovating the Hatch Shell and Dartmouth restroom facilities, restoring the Lotta Fountain, revitalizing the Eliot Memorial and restoring the Hatch Shell Oval Lawn.

Through our partnership with the DCR, as well as the involvement of members, supporters, and major stakeholders, we have visibly improved the park, but there is still much to be done. We continue to advocate and fund-raise for current and future projects to transform the Park.

Pathway Safety and Improvement

In 2018, the Esplanade Association commissioned transportation planning firm Nelson/Nygaard to conduct and analysis of the Esplanade’s pathway network and prepare plans to improve safety for the park’s visitors. In November 2019, the Esplanade Pathway Safety and Improvement Plan was completed.

The Plan provides an assessment of conditions, such as current and historical landscape elements, pathway surface materials, and hazards at pathway intersections, as well as a set of potential policies, projects, and initiatives informed by best-practice multi-use pathway design.

In 2020, the Esplanade Association will design and begin implementation for a set of interventions based on the recommendations put forth in the Pathway Safety and Improvement Plan.

Lasting Esplanade Arbor Fund (L.E.A.F.)

Esplanade Association Trees

in 2019 the Esplanade Association released a first-of-its-kind Lasting Esplanade Arbor Fund (L.E.A.F.) Project — the result of a collaborative effort between the Esplanade Association, the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, and Kyle Zick Landscape Architecture. This plan helps secure the future health of park trees by increasing species diversity, laying guidelines for succession plantings to replace dead and declining trees, and making recommendations for preventative care, such as pruning and air spading. It has been approved by Boston Landmarks Commission, the Massachusetts Historical Commission, and the Conservation Commission. Learn more.

Miriam & Sidney Stoneman Playground Renovation

In spring 2020, the Esplanade Association will fund and manage a project to enhance the Miriam & Sidney Stoneman Playground. Built in 2001 as the Esplanade Association’s first project in partnership with DCR, Stoneman Playground has been a beloved fixture on the Esplanade for nearly 20 years. In 2018, the Esplanade Association determined that the playground was due for a renovation. The project’s objectives are to:

  1. Replace old, worn-out equipment
  2. Improve equipment accessibility
  3. Improve equipment play value and interactivity, and
  4. Incorporate nature- and music-themed equipment to create a sense of place.

The Esplanade Association’s partners in this project are the Department of Conservation and Recreation, CBA Landscape Architects, and Green Acres Landscaping & Construction Co. Inc. The project design is approved by the Boston Landmarks Commission and the Boston Conservation Commission. Project funding is provided, in part, by the Lewis Family Foundation.