Charles River Esplanade, Boston

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The Charles River Esplanade of Boston, Massachusetts, is a state-owned park situated in the Back Bay area of the city, on the south bank of the Charles River Basin.DescriptionThe limited-access parkway Storrow Drive forms the southern boundary of the park, with the Charles River marking the northern edge. In the park are walkways, statuary, the Hatch Memorial Shell performance stage, playgrounds, ballfields, and Community Boating. The Esplanade comprises part of the Charles River Reservation state park. The Esplanade was designated as a Boston Landmark by the Boston Landmarks Commission in 2009.HistoryThe Esplanade was originally dedicated as the Boston Embankment in 1910. The Embankment was created as part of the construction of the 1910 Charles River Dam Bridge (today the site of the Museum of Science). The parkland was criticized for its lack of shade trees, refreshment stands, recreation facilities, transportation utility, and visitors. It extended to Charlesgate (upstream of the Harvard Bridge) and connected with Frederick Law Olmsted's Emerald Necklace system of parks and open spaces. To address criticism, trees, a refreshment pavilion, and concerts were brought to the park.
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  • Thought it would be more beautiful than this. Like Boston Common, it was disappointing. However, it was part of a circular route and it was a good part of it. Went from the Common, down Newbury street...  more »
  • What a lovely place to take a walk. Or run or bike. Or sit. Miles of beautifully landscaped and maintained riverfront adjacent to the city’s downtown areas.  more »
  • Marvelously Bostonian. The sculls on the Charles Riverin the morning and thejoggerson the pathway make this a terrific location for a walk. Perhaps one of the best promenades anywhere.  more »
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  • Great place for a run or walk. Bring the kids and play at 1 of the 3 playgrounds
  • Great place to walk and lots of photo opportunities. Fall and spring are real nice times to go.
  • Amazing sunset.. It is always great for walking, running or cycling.
  • What a beautiful place to sit and relax in such a busy city!
  • What a great view! Grab an Adirondack chair and relax on the water

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