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


On April 29, 2017, the Esplanade Association hosted 428 volunteers who removed 210 bags of trash from the park at the annual Charles River Clean-up.

The second annual Esplanade 5k Sunset Run was a huge success. 250 people joined us on a blazingly hot day to enjoy running the pathways of the Esplanade.

Are you curious about invasive insects in New England? Read all about them on our blog.

Did you know that the Esplanade Association plants and maintains the 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. Contact the Department of Conservation and Recreation for all event requests.

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Making life better on the Esplanade.

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

Lotta Fountain Ribbon Cutting

For generations the Lotta Fountain provided a destination for dog owners visiting the Charles River Esplanade. It was a place where they could relax, socialize, and allow their canine friends to enjoy a cool sip of water on hot days. The Esplanade Association has successfully refurbished this iconic fountain, restoring the flow of water. Please join us at the ribbon cutting on June 15th at 3:30 pm!

Volunteer with us in 2017

EA has opportunities for individual volunteers as well as corporations and groups throughout the year. Please contact Micah Jasny ( or 617-227-0365; Ext. 407) if you’d like to set up a volunteer event for some time this year.

Save the Date- 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 save the date of September 23, 2017.

For more gala information and sponsorship opportunities please contact Tani Marinovich at 617.227.0365 x403.

What We Do

The Esplanade Association is an independent 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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I just wanted to follow up after our volunteering through the Kilachand Honors College this morning to say thank you for hosting us! We had a great time, and we were amazed at the difference all that leaf raking made
Nicky Eleuteri, EA volunteer