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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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TripAdvisor
  • A place to walk, jog, sit, picnic etc. A great green space just off the water and fairly easy to access.  more »
  • Charles River from toxic noticeable if there is, this is where the Esplanade seemed to work. Its landmark roles, is equipped with a large vacant lot, so a lot of people there, and, at the same time it is also a place where many outdoor activities.
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  • Easy to get to on foot and there is always something happening be it the sailing, the anglers, the memorials etc. Pick a nice day...bring a picnic.  more »
Google
  • Great place to walk and lots of photo opportunities. Fall and spring are real nice times to go.
  • Excellent part to walk around in, good for running. Surprisingly clean.
  • Nice place for walking. There is amazing playground for (near MGH station, red line)
  • Luv this place and da style that it has,feels very good to be there and data beauty dat it has. ...!
  • You can have a nice fresh walk or a jog along the river