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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  • The trail is well maintained and seemed safe when I ran on it. It was a little cold in February but I was prepared.  more »
  • 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 »
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  • Tropical park is a great park to do pretty much anything if you can stand the heat.There are tennis courts, basketball courts, soccer, football AND baseball fields, as well as batting cages.
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