Sponsor the Park Program

The Esplanade Association’s Sponsor the Park program is a great way to celebrate an occasion, honor a loved one, or simply create a special place for yourself on the Esplanade. Your support will preserve and enhance the Esplanade and demonstrate a commitment to our community.

Buy a Bulb

Each year across the Charles River Esplanade, thousands of flowers mark the arrival of spring. Give the gift of renewal and honor someone special by having bulbs planted at the park. With a donation of $1 per bulb (minimum of $25), the Esplanade Association will plant daffodils, tulips, alliums and lilliums on the Esplanade so that they will grace the park each spring when they bloom. For your donation, you or the person(s) you are honoring will receive a beautiful e-card from the Esplanade Association indicating the number of bulbs planted and the date of the gift, and you will receive an acknowledgement letter.

Please Note: Locations for plantings cannot be specified and no plaques will be placed in the Park.

To Buy a Bulb on the Esplanade please pay online. For more information, please contact Abby Fischer, Development Manager (afischer@esplanadeassociation.org)

Sponsor a Pollinator

Give the Gift of Pollinator Plants on the Esplanade

Populations of native bees, and other pollinators like butterflies, moths, and humming birds are declining around the world due to loss of habitat. Without pollinators, you’d have a third less food on your plate, and many less flowers blossoming along the Charles River.  

The Esplanade Association, along with friends like you, is here to help! Your donation will help the Esplanade create lush and diverse habitat for our imperiled pollinators while beautifying the Park for you and your loved ones for years to come. 

By selecting native species that provide essential habitats for pollinators, we can increase their presence on the Charles River.  


At the $100 Level Plants Include: 

Buttonbush (Cephalanthus occidentalis)
Red Chokeberry (Aronia arbutifolia
Elderberry (Sambucus)

At the $50 Level Plants Include: 

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 New England Aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae)
Bergamot (Monarda fistulosa)
Goldenrod (Solidago)
Autumn Brilliance (Sedum)
Blacked-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia) 
Coneflower (Echinaeca)


For your donation, you or the person(s) you are honoring will receive a letter from the Esplanade Association describing your gift, as well as information about several types of pollinator plants and their benefits for bees and other species. 

Please Note: Locations for plantings cannot be specified and no plaques will be placed in the Park.

To Sponsor a Pollinator on the Esplanade please pay online. For more information, please contact Abby Fischer, Development Manager (afischer@esplanadeassociation.org)

Sponsor a Tree

Sponsoring a tree helps the Esplanade Association care for the Esplanade’s nearly 1,700 trees. There is a wide array of tree species on the Esplanade, including extraordinary specimens of weeping willow. By sponsoring a tree, you support our pruning and maintenance initiatives, which keep the park’s trees healthy and strong. When you Sponsor a Tree you receive a certificate of sponsorship, a photograph of your tree, and a map showing the location of your tree. In addition, a unique metal embossed tree plaque will be placed on your tree. Tree plaques will contain the Botanical and common name of the tree, tree identification number, donor personalized inscription and year of donation. You can sponsor in someone else’s name, too, making this a unique gift that celebrates a friend, commemorates a momentous occasion, or honors the memory of a loved one.

Tree Sponsorships last for 10 years. Donors can double the terms of sponsorship by doubling the contribution. At the end of the sponsorship period the donor has the opportunity to renew at the then current contribution level. It is the donor’s responsibility to keep the Esplanade Association updated as to their current contact information.

To Sponsor a Tree you can either make a donation of $2,500 or download the Sponsor a Tree Form and mail it to us. For more information, please contact Abby Fischer, Development Manager (afischer@esplanadeassociation.org)

Sponsor a Bench

Sponsoring one of the park’s 266 historic Shurcliff benches provides a concrete way to underwrite a broader regimen of general improvements and maintenance at the park. Named for Arthur Shurcliff, the celebrated landscape designer and Olmsted protégé who laid out the park’s original plantings, the historic Shurcliff benches welcome visitors to relax, read a book, or just enjoy the scenery. When you sponsor a bench, the Esplanade Association will install a customized 4 x 6 cast bronze plaque with your personalized inscription on the bench platform to recognize your generous donation of $5,000.

Bench Sponsorships last for 10 years. Donors can double the terms of sponsorship by doubling the contribution. At the end of the sponsorship period the donor has the opportunity to renew at the then current contribution level. It is the donor’s responsibility to keep the Esplanade Association updated as to their current contact information.

To Sponsor a Bench on the Esplanade you can either pay online or download the Sponsor a Bench Form and mail it to us. For more information, please contact Abby Fischer, Development Manager (afischer@esplanadeassociation.org)

Easy Ways to Give

1. Donate Online
To donate online or to become a member visit our secure DONATE NOW page.
2. Donate by Mail
Download our Donation Form.
3. Donate Stock
Please contact our Development Department.
4. Planned Giving
For more information, please visit our Planned Giving page.