Open Requests for Proposals

In support of our mission to improve the in-park experience for the Esplanade’s millions of annual visitors, the Esplanade Association periodically releases requests for proposals for products and services in partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation. Please see below for any open RFPs.

Level 1 Multimodal Pathway Design Improvements: Open April 20 – May 20, 2021

The purpose of this project is to plan, design, permit, and install a set of site-specific park pathway modifications to improve visitor safety on the Charles River Esplanade. The exact format of these improvements will be determined with the selected consultant and project partners in the field, and may include modifications such as lane separators, on-pavement graphics, posted signage, and/or pathway material changes.  

We expect that the budget for this project is likely to fall in the $50,000 to $75,000 range.

The full RFP can be viewed here.

Please submit proposals to Alison McRae, Esplanade Association Capital Projects Manager, by 5pm on Thursday, May 20, 2021, at

To support all proposals, questions received by Thursday, May 13 will be posted, along with matching answers, on this webpage.

Thank you for your consideration!

Questions & Answers

Question 1: Is this a prequalification to be considered for specific project opportunities later on? If so, would we be required to submit a proposal for a specific scope of work, or will the Esplanade Association simply assign projects to preselected consultants?

Answer 1: This proposal for the Level 1 project would not necessarily be a prerequisite for being considered for future projects (detailed in the RFP packet as “Level 2” or “Level 3”). That being said, any group that provides a proposal for Level 1, whether we select them for the contract or not, may be added to a shortlist of invitees for those future projects’ RFPs. We are not expecting respondents to the Level 1 RFP to include Level 2 or Level 3 projects in their proposals. We included information about these future projects in the RFP packet to try to provide broader context on the trajectory of pathway safety improvements on the Esplanade in case it would be helpful for consultants as they consider the Level 1 project. We will only select one consultant for the Level 1 project, and successful project completion may make them eligible for Level 2 or potentially Level 3 project RFPs, but they wouldn’t necessarily be a shoo-in.

Question 2: In order to develop our scope of work and cost proposal, it would be helpful to have more detailed information on specific sites, scale/area of sites, and major issues impacting specific project sites. Would this kind of information be transmitted to us during a site walk with you?

Answer 2: We would be happy to do a virtual or in-person meeting to provide more details on each of the areas of concern for the Level 1 project. A virtual meeting would entail a tour via Google Earth of the 3 areas of concern. An in-person tour would involve walking or riding in an Esplanade Association vehicle to visit each of the 3 sites on the Esplanade. Whether you prefer virtual or in-person, questions regarding scale and major area issues could definitely be answered for you. Just let us know your preference and we can get either a Zoom meeting or an in-person meeting on the calendar. Informational meetings can be scheduled with Alison McRae at

To submit a question, please e-mail Alison McRae, Capital Projects Manager, at

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