Since 2001 the Esplanade Association has been the catalyst for over $28M in park improvements


Looking to get involved with the Esplanade Association? Join us for our next Friends Council meeting on August 14th at 6:30 pm on the rooftop deck at Lovejoy Wharf (131 Beverly Street)

The Charles River Bistro now operates an outdoor bar on the Esplanade. Hours are Wednesdays (5-10 pm), Saturdays and Sundays (11 am – 4 pm).

Over 240 people helped raised $25,000 for the Esplanade Association at the 2017 Summer Dock Party. THANK YOU to everyone who joined us!

As a 100% privately funded friends group for the park, we depend on the generosity of our donors to support the work we do.  Become a member today!

Did you know that the Esplanade Association plants and maintains the ten ornamental gardens on the Esplanade? This summer, look out for the three members of our Horticulture crew working in the Park.

As a reminder, the Esplanade Association does not have the authority to permit events on the Esplanade. Please contact the Department of Conservation and Recreation for all event requests.

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Making life better on the Esplanade.

Healthy, Fit & Fun

Healthy, Fit & Fun free outdoor fitness programming continues through September 7th. Over 1,300 people have joined us so far for Zumba (Tuesdays), Yoga (Wednesdays), and Bootcamp (Thursdays) on the Esplanade. All classes begin at 6:00 pm. Remember to preregister before attending. 

Moondance After Dark

Held under clear tents on the banks of the Charles River, the Esplanade Association invites you to join us for Moondance After Dark– the late night party portion of the annual Moondance Gala. Join us for an amazing night of socializing, dancing and celebrating the Park! Get your tickets!

Moondance Gala 2017

The Esplanade Association’s annual Moondance Gala is our organization’s largest and most elegant fundraiser. We hope that you will be a part of the 2017 Moondance Gala and join us in our mission to make life better on the Esplanade. Please join us on September 23, 2017.

For more gala information and sponsorship opportunities please contact Abigail Fischer at 617.227.0365 x402.

Read our 2016 Annual Report

2016 was a remarkable year for the Esplanade Association.  Please take some time to review our Annual Report to learn about everything we accomplished, from extensive new plantings and tree care to events and capital projects.  As you read our successes from last year, know that this happened because of your support. Find the full 2016 Annual Report

What We Do

The Esplanade Association is a privately funded nonprofit organization that works to revitalize and enhance the Charles River Esplanade, preserve natural green space, and build community by providing educational, cultural and recreational programs for everyone.

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“Yoga on the Esplanade is a magical experience. The trees lend us their shade and the breezes gently cool us as we practice together in community. The fresh air invites us to breathe a little deeper and the blue sky helps us to relax a little more. To be surrounded by all that vibrant green, as the sun sets over the Charles River is truly a transcendent experience—and one that every Bostonian should try.”

– Sara DiVello, Author, Yoga Teacher, 4 year leader of Yoga on the Esplanade