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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  • 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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