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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  • Don't get me wrong. The Freedom Trail is a great one off means to see the historic sites around Boston. We visit Boston twice a year and every morning we hike the Charles River from South Boston to Ha...  more »
  • I suppose I would consider this a 3 season venue since watching people jog, bike, sail or other is part of the allure along the river, and plenty go there just to sun themselves. Of course nothing bea...  more »
  • or at least it seemed like it. A brisk chilly day brought everyone out along the Charles. Wandered over from the BPG on the footbridge, wandering along, taking in the sights. Not a lot of color in fal...  more »
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  • Great place to take a walk alongside the Charles river. Wonderful for cycling as well. Pet friendly.
  • Great place to walk and lots of photo opportunities. Fall and spring are real nice times to go.
  • Great place for a run or walk. Bring the kids and play at 1 of the 3 playgrounds
  • Amazing sunset.. It is always great for walking, running or cycling.
  • The esplanade has much to offer! A lovely place to reconnect with friends and nature. I ride my bike along here quite often. If you are up early, you may even spot a gray crane taking flight off one of the may docks one may stop and relax at.

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