Children in the Park (CHiP)

Children in the Park (CHiP) is a program designed to increase access to recreational activities at the Esplanade for Boston-area youth living in under-resourced neighborhoods. The Esplanade Association partners with Associated Grant Makers’ Summer Fund to serve children, ages 5 to 17 years, who attend one of a network of about 70 day camps that provide a safe place for recreation, academic enrichment and promote cross-cultural understanding.

EA introduced CHiP as a means to support the physical well-being of children and to introduce more Boston youth to the joys of outdoor play at the Esplanade. EA coordinates the scheduling, welcomes campers and counselors to the park, orients the camp directors and counselors, introduces and teaches games, supplies play equipment, and makes sure campers understand the rules of the park. More than 7,000 children have participated in CHiP since 2009.

Programs and Activities include, but are not limited to:

  • Free play and organized activities at the Teddy Ebersol’s Red Sox Fields
  • Access to the new state-of-the-art Esplanade Playspace
  • Soccer clinics
  • Interactive workshops at Community Boating, Inc.
  • Scavenger hunts
  • Splash Pool
  • Yoga and Zumba
  • Lunch on the river banks

Thank you to the Boston Bruins Foundation, Highland Street Foundation and The Reebok Foundation for supporting our 2016 Children in the Park program. Your generosity will ensure that 1,000+ kids experience the joys of outdoor play in the park!

Thanks to our partners