Esplanade Association Mission
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.
The Esplanade Association, working in collaboration with the Department of Conservation and Recreation, is dedicated to enhancing the experiences of the millions of visitors who enjoy Boston’s iconic riverside greenspace. We achieve this through:
Ecological Restoration & Stewardship
We improve the biological diversity and beauty of the natural environment on the Charles River Esplanade. Our horticulture and stewardship staff utilizes the best management practices in land care to improve soil health, manage invasive plants, expand native plantings, and care for our urban tree canopy. Since 2012, we have developed and implemented a compost program, planted hundreds of native perennials, shrubs and trees, and created new initiatives to raise awareness about conservation and restoration. We also manage environmental threats to increase the health and resiliency of the Charles River Esplanade. In 2015, the Esplanade became a certified wildlife habitat through the National Wildlife Federation.
Community Engagement & Education
The Esplanade Association offers a variety of free and inclusive programming, events, and volunteer opportunities to the greater-Boston community to engage people’s minds and bodies on the Esplanade. Every year, the Esplanade Association brings thousands of children, students, and families to the Park for free exercise classes, day camps, and educational events. Our volunteer program invites conscientious citizens to take part in keeping the Park beautiful and healthy while educating them about the Park’s history and critical role in this urban landscape.
We advocate on behalf of the Park to ensure that the land and natural environment is protected for generations to come by partnering and working with donors, legislators, and other organizations.
Through capital projects and campaigns, we restore and revitalize structures and landscapes, reactivating underutilized and fragile parts of the Park.
*The Esplanade Association receives no funds from the state. We are 100% privately funded.