• Esplanade Park Timeline

Projects Timeline

Since 2001, the Esplanade Association has worked with the DCR and many community members to restore and enhance the Charles River Esplanade.

2017: Cut the ribbon on the Lotta Fountain; completed Patterned Behavior Art Mural; Laid the Foundations for the Wayfinding Directional Signage

2016: Pruned over 550 trees; Launched Wayfinding Project; Invested in a new truck to water garden beds during drought

2015: Completed the Hatch Shell Oval Restoration; Completed full tree inventory and tagging system; Launched Campaign to Restore the Lotta Fountain

2014: Re-opened the Revitalized Charles Eliot Memorial (the Memorial located next to Community Boating)

2013: Merged with the Esplanade Playspace organization

2012: Started Composting Program; Unveiled Esplanade 2020

2011: Rebuilt the Community Boating Docks; Installed 10 Adirondack chairs on the river dock; Replanted 10 willow trees and continued tree care program

2010: Renovated Hatch Shell and Dartmouth Street facilities

2009: EA advocated for many improvements to the Park: DCR replaced Storrow Drive Fencing, redesigned and installed Esplanade’s fitness area, repaved Pathway along Storrow Lagoon, and installed recycle bins and high efficiency lighting throughout the park

2008: New water fountains installed; Identification & tagging of more than 1,900 Esplanade trees

2007: Helped raise $400,000 to rebuild the Boat Haven Docks; Conducted the first professional Esplanade User Survey; Installed solar trash compactors in partnership with the DCR

2006: Completed River Dock Restoration project; Completed Phase I cultural landscape report; history and condition analysis; Completed Boat Haven Engineering Study

2005: Initiated restoration of youth sports fields and held groundbreaking of Teddy Ebersol’s Red Sox Fields in partnership with Red Sox Foundation and Hill House; Rebuilt the largest Esplanade dock, (aside from CBI); Successfully advocated for the removal of 30 hazardous trees

2004: Completed the Esplanade’s first tree inventory; Funded the first design phase of Charlesbank Project; Park Volunteer Program launched

2003: Gloucester Street Dock renovated

2002: Successfully advocated for the replacement of all the benches throughout the Charles River Parklands

2001: Built Stoneman Playground and began offering enriching Park programs to children and adults