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Our Partnership with DCR

The Esplanade Association is a dynamic and collaborative organization that works as a primary partner with the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) to ensure the Charles River Esplanade is a world class park.

Department of Conservation and Recreation

Mass-DCR-EAThe DCR is steward of one of the largest state parks systems in the country. Its 450,000 acres are made up of forests, parks, greenways, historic sites and landscapes, seashores, lakes, ponds, reservoirs and watersheds. To find out more visit DCR’s website.

DCR Mission

To protect, promote and enhance our common wealth of natural, cultural and recreational resources.

Contact DCR

Department of Conservation and Recreation
251 Causeway Street, Suite 900
Boston, MA 02114-2104
DCR Main Phone: 617-626-1250
DCR Main Fax: 617-626-1351
E-Mail: mass.parks@state.ma.us

Report Problems

To report problems at the park please contact DCR’s Community Relations Group Line: 617-626-4973.

Special Use Permit

DCR requires a Special Use Permit for any use or activity which exceeds in any way the common use of DCR parklands. These include and are not limited to events such as:

  • Sporting activities and tournaments
  • Concerts
  • Charity walks
  • Road races
  • Group boating activities
  • Cultural festivals
  • Community service projects
  • Camping events
  • Small wedding ceremonies
  • Group gatherings which include amusements, barbecues and/or amplified sound

To find out more about applying for a Special Use Permit with DCR, visit their website.