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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  • Charles River (CHARLES RIVER), which is the area of the Park. The large, located in the city center, was founded in 1837 by GEORGE F.MEACHAM by the center of the Park is also the location of the monument, George Washington (GEORGE WASHINGTON) deeply has been designed by Thomas ball (BALL THOMAS), there are also many statues and fountains.
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  • I love the Esplanade! It's been the closest park to where I live for over 10 years and has something for everyone. It boasts the best running trails in the city with a route for any ability, fantastic...  more »
  • This is a tricky spot to visit. No parking and it is off the beaten path for tourists. You have to cross Storrow Drive using one of 3 walkways. There is the Esplanade which is a quick view. A statue o...  more »
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  • Great place to walk, jog, or ride your bike along the river, if you live nearby . *Bathrooms are open during the day, close at night. There is one right by the Dartmouth Foot bridge. A red brick building between the Hatch Shell and Mass Ave Bridge. The area is nicely landscaped. Water bubbler 30 feet nearby this building if thirsty. Hatch Shell is the other location to use a bathroom. Good thing to know if down there. *** The night shift owls nest, an outdoor beer bar just opened up close by the Dartmouth footbridge.
  • Beautiful park along the Charles River. Home of the Hatch Shell, Community Boating, playgrounds, Night Shift Brewery beer garden, and other events/activities. You can walk, run, cycle, skate along the path and enjoy gorgeous views of sailboats in the Charles River. Multiple entry points from Beacon Hill, Back Bay, Kenmore, etc.
  • Perfect place to nap and relax if you work downtown. I'm constant falling asleep on the Charles whether it's on the docks or on the grass, the Charles is a primo nap spot in Boston. Make sure to do this while you're here, let the essence of Boston seep into your pores by letting your body absorb Boston's best nature.
  • Nice walk/run. Although I like this side of the river to walk, I have to say the views from the other side (Cambridge) are nicer.
  • Always nature at its best. Also too bad the powers that be do not lower the dam to allow Charles River access of more fish species. Look at the Detroit River,, it has been cleaned up and now a great fishing site. The CR at times holds 18 fish species
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