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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  • August 14, 2017
    Place where we can find the people of Boston who are running or walking. Nice quiet ride. If you go, go ahead. But no unmissable monument there. It's more to see how the locals live or for a picnic.
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  • August 14, 2017
    This beautiful green oasis is located just a few minutes of walking from busy downtown and it makes you forget about all the traffic and noise of the big city. I truly recommend it.  more »
  • August 11, 2017
    Quite simply, it is my favorite place to relax, take a walk, read a book, or enjoy a friend's company while enjoying nature by the Charles River. I have enjoyed long walks/cycling from there along the...  more »
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  • May 14, 2017
    Great place for a run or walk. Bring the kids and play at 1 of the 3 playgrounds
  • March 18, 2017
    Great place to walk and lots of photo opportunities. Fall and spring are real nice times to go.
  • April 13, 2017
    Amazing sunset.. It is always great for walking, running or cycling.
  • June 6, 2017
    What a beautiful place to sit and relax in such a busy city!
  • June 3, 2017
    What a great view! Grab an Adirondack chair and relax on the water

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