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Charles River Esplanade, Boston

Categories: Nature & Parks, Jogging Paths, Outdoor Activities
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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 banks of the Charles River. Storrow Drive runs alongside it. 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. Pedestrian access to the park exists at Charles Circle, Massachusetts Avenue Bridge, and Beacon Street.HistoryThe Esplanade was dedicated as the Boston Embankment in 1910. The Embankment was created as part of the construction of the 1910 Charles River Dam (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 Olmsted's Emerald Necklace. To address criticism, trees, a refreshment pavilion, and concerts were brought to the park.The Esplanade went through a major expansion from 1928 to 1936, widening and lengthening the park land. These improvements were aided by a $1 million donation from Helen Osborne Storrow, in memory of her husband James. The Storrow Memorial Embankment, designed by Arthur Shurcliff added the first lagoon, boat landings, plazas, playgrounds, and the Music Oval, where a temporary bandshell was placed. The summer of 1929 was the first year Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops performed on the Esplanade.
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  • The Charles River is a calm oasis in Boston, even though many people here along the canoeists of Harvard jog, you can walk very nicely, and admire WITH University. We had wonderful weather this time in early October, but we're also in high winds and cloudy weather (years ago) along walk and it was also fun. A walk along the Charles Rivers is a must if you are in Boston. Only here you can see so many joggers and canoeists. On the other side of the Charles River, you can see WITH. We walk from the Science Museum until Harvard bridge and then on the other side to Cambridge.
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  • Great view of the river. There is an island which you can go on and look out on the Charles and Cambridge. Very peaceful. You can rent a kayak from the other side of the river if you want to explore t...  read more »
  • Walking along the river is very nice. There is some shade for warm days. The views over the river on Cambridge arenice. However you cannot walk along the river to the harbour directly. 
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