Night Shift to Launch Riverfront Beer Garden on Boston’s Esplanade in Partnership with the Esplanade Association

City’s First Waterfront Beer Garden slated to open in Late July or Early August 2018

July 17, 2018 Boston, MA The Esplanade Association (esplanadeassociation.org) today announced a new partnership with Everett-based Night Shift Brewing, Night Shift Distributing and Night Shift Events to open the Owl’s Nest: The Esplanade Beer Garden. The newest addition to Boston’s burgeoning beer garden scene will be the most visitor-friendly yet, with a riverfront location along the Charles River, a beautifully landscaped interior under the lush Esplanade tree canopy, and a spacious, family-friendly set- up with lawn games and flexible seating. The opening date for the Owl’s Nest is yet-to-be determined, but is expected for late July or early August 2018.

“We couldn’t be more excited to launch our Owl’s Nest beer garden concept on the Esplanade this summer,” says Michael Oxton, Co-Founder of Night Shift Brewing. “We’re going to offer Bostonians a riverside experience that’s craft-focused, family-friendly, and consistently engaging.”

The Owl’s Nest was selected from a competitive RFP process run by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation & Recreation (DCR), who retains care, custody and control over the 64-acre Esplanade and other parklands in the Charles River Basin on behalf of the public. Together with the Esplanade Association, state officials have sought to identify innovative ways to heighten the food and beverage concession offerings on the Esplanade while preserving the unique characteristics of the park that attracts over 3 million visitors annually.

The Owl’s Nest is the product of a unique partnership between the Esplanade Association, a non-profit friends group that works exclusively in support of the Esplanade, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, through DCR, and the Night Shift collection of brewing, distribution and event production companies. Night Shift will contribute a portion of every beer and wine product sold to DCR to support ongoing operations in state parks while also making a contribution to the Esplanade Association to further its efforts to revitalize and enhance the Esplanade.

The Esplanade Association identified four objectives in seeking a brewery-partner to respond to DCR’s Request for Proposals: (1) Provide a high-quality experience that features craft beverages and food, (2) Present a thoughtful aesthetic design for the historic Charles River Esplanade, (3) Develop and execute an operations plan that seeks to protect the park and collaborates closely with DCR’s Operations Staff on best practices for activating the Esplanade, and (4) Create a revenue stream that would be dedicated to revitalizing and enhancing the Esplanade itself.

We are delighted to partner with Night Shift to produce a one-of-a-kind beer garden on the Esplanade,” offered Michael J. Nichols, Executive Director of the Esplanade Association. “We share DCR’s vision for enhanced concession offerings on the Esplanade and believe there will be no better place to gather in Boston this summer than along the Charles River at sunset enjoying the Owl’s Nest.”

Night Shift Brewing is a decorated six-year-old brewery and the recipient of various honors and awards for its diverse lineup of beers and an overall selection as Best Brewery in Boston Magazine’s 2017 ‘Best of Boston’ awards. Night Shift Distributing partners with more than two dozen beer, cider, wine and spirit companies, many of whom will be available at the Owl’s Nest this summer. Further, Night Shift has agreed to also partner with DCR on a beer garden this summer at Christian Herter Park in Allston, up the Charles River from the Esplanade.

Final planning is still underway for the Esplanade activation, but the Owl’s Nest is expected to operate on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 4:00pm to 10:00pm, Fridays and Saturdays from 12:00pm to 10:00pm, and Sundays from 12:00pm to 8:00pm. Last call will be 30 minutes prior to closing on all evenings. The specific location on the Esplanade will be at the western edge of Fiedler Field, nearest to the Dartmouth Street footbridge. Final details are subject to state and city permitting regulations and a finalized license between Night Shift and DCR.

About Night Shift Distributing: NSD is a pioneering, Massachusetts-based beverage distribution company borne out of the success of Everett-based Night Shift Brewing. NSD’s priority is helping the craft beverage business community succeed within the MA marketplace. They offer fellow producers total brand control, excellent customer service, and a like-minded distribution partner. NSD has grown quickly since its 2016 inception, adding a wide variety of local and out-of-state partners to its beverage portfolio, which is anchored by the Night Shift Brewing brand.

About Night Shift Brewing: NSB was founded in 2012 by a trio of friends with a shared passion for homebrewing. Through culinary inspiration and determined innovation, they aim to create memorable craft beers that offer a wide array of unique, complex flavors. NSB has operated a successful 5,000 square foot taproom on a daily basis in Everett since 2012. They service 100,000+ guests a year and host private and special events, as well as regular programming for athletic clubs, charities and craft beer lovers.

About the Esplanade Association: The Esplanade Association (esplanadeassociation.org) is a 100% privately-funded nonprofit organization that works to revitalize and enhance the Charles River Esplanade, sustain its natural green space, and build community in the park by providing educational, cultural, and recreational programs for everyone. Working in collaboration with the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, the Esplanade Association is dedicated to improving the experiences of the millions of visitors who enjoy Boston’s iconic riverside park.

About the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR): DCR manages state parks and oversees more than 450,000 acres throughout Massachusetts. It protects, promotes, and enhances the state’s natural, cultural, and recreational resources.

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FREE FITNESS ON THE ESPLANADE KICKS-OFF ON TUESDAY, JULY 10

Esplanade Association’s Healthy, Fit & Fun Program Returns for the Eighth Straight Year

July 5, 2018 – Boston, MA – Free fitness classes on the Esplanade will return for the eighth-straight year this summer! Beginning Tuesday, July 10, the Esplanade Association (esplanadeassociation.org) will again partner with some of Boston’s most respected fitness organizations to host the Healthy, Fit & Fun free fitness program.

Healthy, Fit & Fun consists of a variety of outdoor fitness classes— including professionally-led Zumba, Yoga, and Boot Camp— that are taught for a range of experience levels and abilities. People of all ages and fitness-levels are invited to get fit for free in the park while enjoying beautiful river views.

Classes will begin Tuesday, July 10 and will be held every week, Tuesday through Thursday, until Thursday, September 6th.  Whether park visitors want to get a cardio workout while dancing to the rhythms of Zumba, ease away the stress of the work week with a relaxing sunset Yoga session, or build muscle tone at a Boot Camp class, there are fitness offerings for everyone on the Esplanade this summer.

This year’s weekly class schedule includes:

  • Tuesdays at 6:00pm: Zumba led by Healthworks (meet at the DCR Memorial Hatch Shell).
  • Wednesdays at 6:00pm: Sunset Yoga led by Sarah DiVello (meet at Fiedler Field).
  • Thursdays at 6:00pm: Boot Camp led by Boston Fit Body Boot Camp (meet at Fielder Field).

Healthy, Fit & Fun classes are free and open to the public. Participants can visit esplanadeassociation.org to find a complete program schedule, learn more about the different class offerings, and pre-register for the summer.  Advanced registration is strongly encouraged. In the event of rain cancellation, a call will be made by 12:00pm the day of a class and shared via the Esplanade Association’s twitter (twitter.com/EsplanadeBoston).

These classes are made possible with help of the following sponsors: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Healthworks Fitness for Women, Polar Beverages, Boston Fit Body Boot Camp, and the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR).

From seasoned athletes to those looking to try something new, everyone who joins these classes will discover the joy of exercising outdoors on the Esplanade

All fitness classes are hosted by the Esplanade Association, a non-profit organization that works in partnership with the State Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) to provide free programming for the public, to organically maintain 12 ornamental garden beds and care for over 1,700 park trees, and to rehabilitate historic park features. For a full list of other Esplanade Association events and activities, visit esplanadeassociation.org.

About the Esplanade Association (EA)

The Esplanade Association is a 100% privately-funded nonprofit organization that works to revitalize and enhance the Charles River Esplanade, sustain its natural green space, and build community in the park by providing educational, cultural, and recreational programs for everyone. Working in collaboration with the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, the Esplanade Association is dedicated to improving the experiences of the millions of visitors who enjoy Boston’s iconic riverside park.

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Testimony re: Docket #0591 (Hearing Order to Discuss and Assess the Amount and Quality of Tree Coverage in the City of Boston)

My name is Michael Nichols and I am Executive Director of the Esplanade Association in Boston and also a resident of the Audubon Circle neighborhood here in the city. I wish to thank Councilor Pressley for her timely hearing order on this subject, Chairman O’Malley for calling this hearing, and each member of the Council gathered here today to discuss an issue that does not get enough attention in Boston and beyond.

The Esplanade Association (EA) is a 17-year-old nonprofit that is 100% privately funded and works to revitalize, maintain, program and enhance the historic 64-acre Charles River Esplanade in partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Conservation & Recreation (DCR). EA has grown to now contribute over $1 million per year into the park, much of it in organic horticulture, vegetative management, planting ornamental gardens, lawn maintenance, tree care, and – most recently – tree succession planning.

While the recent Boston Globe article on Boston’s tree canopy focused mostly on tree coverage on city-owned property, we need to be contributing to enhanced plantings throughout the City, regardless of who owns the land. The advantages of significantly more trees in Boston are numerous and I’m sure will be covered today, though its worth highlighting that every citizen of Boston benefits from fresher air, cooler temperatures, stored and filtered stormwater run-off, and so much more due to widespread tree coverage.

On the Esplanade, there are presently 1,694 trees plus an additional 150 in an area between the Esplanade and Charlesgate Park, for which the Esplanade Association has recently begun providing care. Our group’s care of the Esplanade’s trees largely began with two tree inventories, performed in 2004 and 2015, which has informed our annual tree care efforts since 2015. These inventories demonstrated that the condition of the Esplanade’s trees worsened significantly over those 11 years, with just 44% of the trees in our park rated  ‘Good’ just three years ago.

Since then, the Esplanade Association and several of our funders have partnered to commence semi-annual tree pruning efforts that improves the health of roughly 20% of the Esplanade’s tree canopy each year while also making the park safer for visitors. This and other care provided by EA has led to significant growth to trees throughout the Esplanade, which in turn heightens their ecological benefits to the public.

Still, our inventories also revealed that the majority of the Esplanade’s trees are considered ‘Mature to Over-Mature.’ Essentially, our 100+ year-old park would have trouble maintaining its current tree coverage levels absent an intervention.

Last year, the Esplanade Association commissioned a tree care management and succession planning study to understand what’s needed to continue – and grow – healthy tree coverage on the Esplanade for generations to come. The draft results of that study were released earlier this month and are available on our website, esplanadeassociation.org. The study’s recommendations will lead the Esplanade Association (and anyone who would like to partner with us) to reinvigorate our tree canopy in the spirit of Olmstead’s, Eliot’s, and Shurcliff’s original intent, using modern technology and enhanced scientific knowledge of leading tree care practices. We will work to lessen foreseeable negative impacts on our trees, select diverse species of trees that are expected to fare better in our temperamental New England climate, broaden public education efforts aimed at tree protection and communicating the ecological benefits of our trees, and commit ourselves to providing the critical early-life care that all new trees require.

If there is one lesson from this story, it’s that there are willing participants out there beyond constrained public sector budgets to support this broader effort. Now, don’t get me wrong… the State, through DCR, and the City, through the Parks Department, should be leading the charge and each should take a much greater role in the equitable growth of tree coverage in parks and neighborhoods throughout Boston. But with public-private partnerships of the type the Esplanade Association enjoys with DCR, we have an opportunity to learn from one another and broaden the impact of a shared desire to build Boston’s tree population for decades to come. Thank you for your time and attention to this issue.

Esplanade Association Announces GroundBeat: The Esplanade’s Free Riverfront Music Series

Inaugural series will feature stunning riverfront views and a slate of local performing arts organizations in ‘off-Hatch Shell’ locations spread throughout the 3.1-mile-long park

May 24, 2018 – Boston, MA – The Esplanade Association (esplanadeassociation.org) is thrilled to announce GroundBeat: The Esplanade’s Free Riverfront Music Series of diverse, carefully-curated, intimate musical performances, which kicks-off on June 3, 2018.

The Charles River Esplanade is already one of the largest outdoor concert venues in United States. Each year, roughly half-a-million people gather to see the beloved Boston Pops 4th of July concert as fireworks burst over the Charles River. Additionally, on Wednesday nights in the summer, Landmarks Orchestra delights hundreds of picnic-goers on the restored Hatch Shell Oval Lawn.

In 2018, nearly the entire 3.1 miles of Esplanade parkland will become a venue for enchanting musical performances spread throughout the season, including:

 

GroundBeat Kicks-Off with BAMS Fest will be a family-friendly, high-energy experience representing Boston’s best in live dance and music. The event will consist of three performances from local musicians and dancers and will run from 1:00pm to 2:30pm on Sunday, June 3 at Fiedler Field on the Esplanade.

On the evening of the Summer Solstice on Thursday, June 21, the Series continues with 59 brass players from Make Music Boston performing Water Music, a site-specific environmental piece inspired by the setting of the Esplanade lagoons. This performance will begin at 7:30pm as the sun sets over the Charles River.  

Finally, on Sunday, September 23, the Celebrity Series of Boston will produce Jazz Along the Charles: A Walkable Concert, as 25 jazz ensembles descend on locations throughout a two-mile loop of the Esplanade to simultaneously perform the same set list with 25 unique interpretations. Park visitors can experience the event from 2:00pm to 4:00pm as they walk through the Esplanade in any direction.

“We couldn’t be more excited to add new vibrancy to the Esplanade’s rich musical history by commissioning leading arts organizations from around Boston to perform in locations throughout our park in 2018,” offered Michael Nichols, Executive Director of the Esplanade Association. “We think GroundBeat will offer something for a variety of musical interests and we’re delighted to partner with a collection of fantastic organizations and artists to offer each performance in this Series to the public free of charge!”

“BAMS Fest is truly excited to be a part of GroundBeat as it provides the opportunity to present how underutilized spaces can be transformed into cultural destinations for all to enjoy, explore and play in,” said Catherine T. Morris, Founder, Curator, and Executive Director, Boston Art & Music Soul (BAMS) Fest.

“The Esplanade is the ideal venue for Water Music at Make Music Boston on the summer solstice!” said Maria Finkelmeier, Founder and Artistic Director, Kadence Arts. “We are honored to present this brand new art-music piece, inspired by the Charles River and featuring over 50 performers and 5 local composers. We are thankful that the Esplanade Association shares our vision of activating all spaces in our city as venues for art creation and presentation.”

“Celebrity Series is delighted to produce our next public performance project – Jazz Along the Charles – on the Esplanade this September. The Esplanade is the perfect location for this walkable concert,” said Gary Dunning, President and Executive Director, Celebrity Series. “It will kick off our 80th season with a celebration of jazz in Boston, with twenty-five jazz ensembles of local musicians, amateur and professional alike, performing a curated set list that showcases Boston musicians and composers. This will be a wonderful afternoon of music in Boston’s iconic park.”

In addition to the three performances above, the Esplanade Association will program small pop-up selections by local artists on the Esplanade docks and other informal – and unannounced – locations throughout the season to foster memorable experiences for visitors to the park. All performances in the GroundBeat Series are free to the public.

 

GroundBeat: the Esplanade’s Free Riverfront Music Series is supported through a grant of The Boston Foundation, awarded in late 2017, to allow the Esplanade Association to increase opportunities for live arts and culture events in this park. The Series is an attempt to showcase for art- and music- producing organizations throughout the region seeking a stage to entertain the public that the Esplanade boasts a variety of thoughtful, flexible venues with the Esplanade Association as partner.

About the Esplanade Association

The Esplanade Association (esplanadeassociation.org) is a 100% privately-funded nonprofit organization that works to revitalize and enhance the Charles River Esplanade, sustain its natural green space, and build community in the park by providing educational, cultural, and recreational programs for everyone. Working in collaboration with the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, the Esplanade Association is dedicated to improving the experiences of the millions of visitors who enjoy Boston’s iconic riverside park.

 

About Boston Art & Music Soul (BAMS) Fest

Boston Art & Music Soul (BAMS) Fest is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that strives to break down racial and social barriers to arts, music, and culture for marginalized communities of color across Greater Boston.

 

About Make Music Boston

Make Music Boston is a live, free musical celebration on June 21, the longest day of the year! Enjoy and participate in concerts on streets, sidewalks, and parks across the city! Make Music Boston is part of an international effort in more than 750 cities in 120 countries. Inspired by France’s Fête de la Musique, Make Music Day is a day for all musicians – young, old, professional, or amateur – and all audiences.

 

About Celebrity Series of Boston 

Celebrity Series of Boston was founded in 1938 by pianist and impresario Aaron Richmond.  The Celebrity Series has been bringing the very best performers–from orchestras and chamber ensembles, vocal and piano music, to dance companies, jazz, and more–to Boston’s major concert halls for 80 years. The Celebrity Series of Boston believes in the power of excellence and innovation in the performing arts to enrich life experiences, transform lives and build better communities. Through its education initiatives, the Celebrity Series seeks to build a community of Greater Boston where the performing arts are a valued, lifelong, shared experience.

 

About the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR)

DCR manages state parks and oversees more than 450,000 acres throughout Massachusetts. It protects, promotes, and enhances the state’s natural, cultural, and recreational resources.

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Esplanade Association Announces Major Expansion of Esplanade 5K Thanks to Presenting Sponsorship of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts

Up to 1,000 racers expected to run the riverfront paths of the Charles River Esplanade in support of the park non-profit

(May 9, 2018) Boston, MA –  Boston’s most popular running route will see even more foot-traffic than usual at the Esplanade 5K Presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts (Esplanade5K.com) on Sunday, May 20, 2018 at 9:00am. Hosted by the Esplanade Association, the 100% privately-funded friends group for the Charles River Esplanade, the 5K race (3.1 miles) will be open to runners of all ages and abilities.  Rain or shine, it will start and end at Fiedler Field and will loop along the Esplanade, allowing runners to enjoy both water and garden views set against the iconic backdrop of the Boston skyline.

For the first time, the race will take place on a Sunday morning and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts will serve as the Presenting Sponsor, demonstrating the company’s commitment to helping the people of Massachusetts stay active and healthy.

“We are pleased to partner with the Esplanade Association on the Esplanade 5K,” said Jeff Bellows, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Vice President of Corporate Citizenship and Public Affairs. “This race will bring community members across the Boston metro region together to enjoy a morning of active recreation in a beautiful natural space. Events like the Esplanade 5K bring us one step closer to our vision of a Massachusetts where all residents are empowered to lead healthy lives.”

“We are thrilled to have Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts as the first Presenting Sponsor of the Esplanade 5K,” said Michael Nichols, Executive Director of the Esplanade Association. “They’ve been a long-time partner of the Esplanade Association’s programs, such as our Healthy, Fit & Fun free outdoor fitness classes, and this sponsorship agreement further demonstrates their commitment to improving the health and wellness of all those who enjoy the Esplanade as a premier space for outdoor recreation.”

Blue Cross is committed to helping Massachusetts residents lead healthy lives. In 2017, the company and the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation contributed $10.5 million in financial grants and pro-bono volunteer service to over 500 nonprofit organizations across the Commonwealth. The company believes in addressing the inter-connectedness of healthy eating, active lifestyles, and positive environments, in order to influence behavior change and make a lasting impact.

The Esplanade Association executes a number of other projects and programs for the Esplanade, including planting and maintaining 12 ornamental garden beds, caring for over 1,700 park trees, bringing nearly 2,000 volunteers to the Esplanade each summer, Healthy, Fit & Fun free fitness programming throughout the summer, and the Children in the Park program which brings children from across the Greater Boston area to the Esplanade to enjoy active play. For the first time in 2018, the Esplanade Association has partnered with local non-profits to bring a series of free musical performances to the Esplanade.

Proceeds from the race will support the Esplanade Association’s work to revitalize and enhance the Esplanade, preserve its natural green space, and build community in the park. All participants will receive a t-shirt, a bib with timing chip and official race results, and be eligible to win prizes across various age brackets. Up to a thousand runners are anticipated. Immediately following the race, the official race After Party will be held at the Liberty Hotel.

The Esplanade 5K would not be possible without the support of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts (Presenting Sponsor), Wayfair (Sponsor), the Dashing Whippets (Supporter), Polar Beverages (Water Station Sponsor) and the Liberty Hotel (After Party Sponsor).

About Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts (bluecrossma.com) is a community-focused, tax-paying, not-for-profit health plan headquartered in Boston. We’re the trusted health plan for more than 25,000 Massachusetts employers, and are committed to working with others in a spirit of shared responsibility to make quality health care affordable. Consistent with our corporate promise to always put our 2.8 million members first, we’re rated among the nation’s best health plans for member satisfaction and quality. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and LinkedIn.

About the Esplanade Association

The Esplanade Association (esplanadeassociation.org) is a 100% privately-funded nonprofit organization that works to revitalize and enhance the Charles River Esplanade, sustain the natural green space, and build community by providing educational, cultural, and recreational programs for everyone. Working in collaboration with the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, the Esplanade Association is dedicated to improving the experiences of the millions of visitors who enjoy Boston’s iconic riverside park.

For further information: Kelsey Pramik, Marketing & Events Manager, Esplanade Association, 617-532-0942, kpramik@esplanadeassociation.org

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Comment Letter Re: I-90 Beacon Yards DEIR

February 9, 2018

Secretary Matthew A. Beaton

Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs

Att: MEPA Office, Alexander Strysky, EEA #15278

100 Cambridge Street, Suite 900

Boston, MA 02114

Via e-mail:

Sec. Matthew Beaton (Matthew.Beaton@state.ma.us)

Alex Strysky (Alexander.Strysky@state.ma.us)

Re: I-90 Beacon Yards DEIR

EEA # 15278

Dear Secretary Beaton,

The Esplanade Association is a privately-funded nonprofit organization that works in partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) as a steward for the historic Charles River Esplanade park, and is dedicated to enhancing the experiences of the more than 3 million visitors who enjoy the park on an annual basis.

We write today regarding the I-90 Allston Interchange Improvement Project and MEPA’s review of this major project’s likelihood to influence public parks and pathways adjacent to the proposed development.

We were pleased that MassDOT and its design team, working with a task force of interested stakeholders, prioritized a number of guiding concepts for the replacement of the Allston Interchange including “Enhanced bicycle and pedestrian connectivity among the different parts of Allston touched by the project area and the Charles River.” We agree that this should be a key element of the overall project, and should reflect both (1) connectivity to the Esplanade along with (2) improvements to riverfront pathways up-and-down the Charles River Basin.

The Esplanade Association has been deeply engaged in promoting enhanced multi-modal transit options within the park that prioritizes safety and builds connectivity from outside the Esplanade. Our work has included considering how the separation of pedestrian and bicycle traffic might promote safer commuting conditions and wider usage. Our goal is to minimize conflict and ensure that bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure meets the growing demand on the pathway system. The I-90 Allston Interchange Improvement Project offers an opportunity to provide additional safe and continuous access from the Interchange project site and along the Charles River (on the Dr. Paul Dudley White Bike Path) immediately west of the Esplanade. Our experience has shown that to do this safely and sustainably, more thought should be given to the space provided for pathway construction and conflicting uses shall be separated to promote safe commuting and recreational uses.

DCR and MassDOT commissioned a Pedestrian and Bicycle Connectivity Study for the Charles River Basin – completed by Halvorson Design Partnership and Alta Planning + Design in 2014 – that confirmed the Charles River Basin is a critical nexus in the metropolitan transportation network. The path systems that frame the riverbanks and the bridges are used by as many as 10,000 cyclists, pedestrians and runners an hour. As projects recommended in the study are completed by the state and adjacent municipalities to improve access, multi-modal traffic and park visitorship will grow. The I-90 Interchange Project provides a monumental opportunity to further the earlier study’s conclusions by seamlessly linking this new neighborhood in Allston to the existing and improving riverfront transit network on the Esplanade.

We recognize the past efforts of the state to meet the growing needs of walkers and cyclists in the Charles River Basin area, and appreciate your consideration in ensuring the pathways included in I-90 Allston Interchange Improvement Project prioritize connectivity, usability and safety. We encourage you to require the improvement of the existing pathway infrastructure along the Charles River – and connectivity to and from the Esplanade – as part and parcel of the I-90 Allston Interchange Improvement Project.

Sincerely,

Michael Nichols

Executive Director

Esplanade Association

cc: Commissioner Leo Roy, DCR

ENJOY THE ESPLANADE IN WINTER!

Considering Boston’s frigid winter days, it may be tempting to stay inside until the snow starts to melt. Do so, and you’ll miss seeing the Esplanade during a special time of year. There’s something especially beautiful about the fields and gardens draped in snow, and ice glittering on the rocks at the banks of the lagoons. Bundle up and get outside!

Here are ten ways you can enjoy the Esplanade in winter:

  1. SNOWSHOE Snowshoe along the shoreline, on which EA staff and volunteers remove invasive plants, and replant to prevent erosion.
  2. WALK YOUR DOG Bring your dog to see the newly restored Lotta Fountain. The dog on the top of the statue, a schipperke breed, sports a coat of warm fur.
  3. RIDE YOUR BIKE Ride your bike past the Mass. Ave Bridge to see the Patterned Behavior Art Mural. The bright colors will chase away the winter blues!
  4. RUN OR JOG Run or jog to the Teddy Ebersol Fields, built in a partnership between EA, Hill House, and the DCR in 2006.
  5. PLAY The playgrounds are open year-round for kids to enjoy! The Esplanade Association maintains and repairs both the Stoneman Playground and Esplanade Playspace.
  6. TAKE PHOTOS Take a panoramic photo of the icy Charles River from Fiedler Dock, completed with funding from the Esplanade Association in 2008.
  7. BIRD WATCHING Our native plants and healthy tree canopy attract birds of a variety of species. Birds recently spotted in the Park include Red-Tailed Hawks, Blue Herons, and the Tufted Titmouse.
  8. CROSS COUNTRY SKI 3 ½ miles of linear Park make for great cross-country skiing! Find the upper boundary of the Esplanade at the BU Bridge.
  9. BUILD A SNOWMAN Are your kids still obsessed with Frozen? Build your own Olaf after the next big snowstorm.
  10. HAVE A SNOWBALL FIGHT Call your neighbors, friends, and family, and find an open patch of space on the Esplanade for a snowball fight. You’ll warm up while dodging the snow.

Boston’s Esplanade Association Announces Immediate Rule Changes to Ban Philadelphia-Themed Products from the Esplanade

Boston’s Esplanade Association Announces Immediate Rule Changes to Ban Philadelphia-Themed Products from the Esplanade

New rules in effect until Duck Boats return to Boston’s streets after Superbowl LII

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (JANUARY 23, 2017) – BOSTON, MA – The Esplanade Association (esplanadeassociation.org), nonprofit stewards of the 64-acre Charles River Esplanade in Boston, has enacted the following rule changes regarding the Park, effective until Monday, February 5, 2018. The following items are now forbidden anywhere in the 3.5-mile stretch from the Museum of Science to the Boston University Bridge:

  • Any Philadelphia sports apparel (Flyers, Phillies, 76ers, and Eagles included)
  • Eagles (yes, even bald eagles)
  • Cheesesteak sandwiches
  • Cracked copper bells
  • Soft Pretzels
  • Philadelphia brand Cream Cheese (other brands of cream cheese permitted)
  • Anything in the shade “Midnight Green”
  • Mummers
  • Will Smith and Sylvester Stallone
  • Crisco

“We realized that appearing in a Super Bowl for only the third time – and first time since losing to the Patriots in 2005 – was disorienting for Philadelphia fans and that clarity on acceptable items to bring in our park should be offered,” said Michael Nichols, Executive Director of the Esplanade Association. “Given the Patriots are appearing in their record-extending 10th Super Bowl, we understand this information may not be needed by most park visitors.”

The Esplanade Association thanks the public for their cooperation with these temporary policy changes.

About the Esplanade Association (esplanadeassociation.org)

The Esplanade Association is a 100% privately funded nonprofit organization that works to revitalize and enhance the Charles River Esplanade, sustain the natural green space, and build community by providing educational, cultural, and recreational programs for everyone. Working in collaboration with the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, the Esplanade Association is dedicated to improving the experiences of the millions of visitors who enjoy Boston’s iconic riverside green space.

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Rare Bald Eagle Seen on Charles River Esplanade

Rare Bald Eagle Seen on Charles River Esplanade

Winged Park Visitor One of Estimated 70,000 Remaining Bald Eagles in North America

BOSTON – On a recent morning, while removing debris after a winter storm, a staff member of the nonprofit Esplanade Association observed and photographed a bald eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) on the Charles River Esplanade. The eagle flew across a bike path and then settled in a tree near the river.

“After four years with the Esplanade Association, this was the first time I’ve seen an eagle in the Park,” said Renee Portanova, Horticulture Manager at the Esplanade Association. “I was so excited that I immediately stopped our work vehicle to get out and take a photo.”

“The incredibly rare sighting of a bald eagle in downtown Boston is a testament to the natural habitat fostered by the work of the Esplanade Association, including our significant tree care program” said Michael Nichols, Executive Director at the Esplanade Association. “I hope many more visitors to the Esplanade in the coming weeks will have the privilege to see this majestic bird.”

About the Esplanade Association (esplanadeassociation.org)

The Esplanade Association is a 100% privately funded nonprofit organization that works to revitalize and enhance the Charles River Esplanade, sustain the natural green space, and build community by providing educational, cultural, and recreational programs for everyone. Working in collaboration with the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, the Esplanade Association is dedicated to improving the experiences of the millions of visitors who enjoy Boston’s iconic riverside green space.

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Esplanade 2017 Year in Review

2017 was an amazing year for the Charles River Esplanade, as well the Esplanade Association! With your support, we continued to grow our capacity to revitalize and enhance the Esplanade, preserve natural green space, and build community in the Park.

The numbers speak for themselves: