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


Healthy, Fit and Fun free outdoor fitness programming starts the week of July 11-13. Preregister today!

Thank you to Reebok for powering our First Family Adventure Walk! Over 40 people joined us for free kayaking and fishing on the Esplanade on Father’s Day.

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. Contact the Department of Conservation and Recreation for all event requests.

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Esplanade Summer Dock Party

On Thursday, July 20th, 2017, the Esplanade Friends Council will host the 7th Annual Esplanade Summer Dock Party from 7:00–10:30 pm on the Docks at Community Boating Inc. Each year, the Dock Party invites over 200 guests join us for a fantastic night of dinner, drinks and dancing on the docks. Buy your tickets today.

Lotta Fountain Ribbon Cutting

For generations the Lotta Fountain provided a destination for dog owners visiting the Charles River Esplanade.  The Esplanade Association successfully refurbished this iconic fountain, restoring the flow of water. This $358,000 project is a testament to our commitment to investing in capital improvements throughout the park, as well as ongoing maintenance.

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

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 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