Children in the Park (CHiP)
Children in the Park (ChiP) is a program designed to increase access to recreational activities on the Esplanade for Boston-area youth living in neighborhoods with limited access to green space. 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. In 2017, EA is working to expand partnerships with local organizations to further enhance camper’s enjoyment of the Esplanade.
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
- Sports clinics from local sports teams and organizations
- Scavenger hunts
- Splash Pool
- Lunch on the river banks
Thank you to the Boston Bruins Foundation, Highland Street Foundation, The Reebok Foundation, Polar and Sweetgreen for supporting our 2017 Children in the Park program. Your generosity will ensure that 1,000+ kids experience the joys of outdoor play in the Park!