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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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  • We walked through here on the way to MIT and it was an enjoyable park with a path filled with walkers and runners. The views across the river were great, definitely something you don't see in many cit...  more »
  • This lovely park is the site of the annual Charles River Swimming Club's one mile race. The water was clean and cool. Parking in the Commons Garage was easy and relatively inexpensive. There are jogge...  more »
  • Nice walk along the river. There was building work while we were there so I assume it will be great when completed.  more »
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  • Great place for a run or walk. Bring the kids and play at 1 of the 3 playgrounds
  • Great place to walk and lots of photo opportunities. Fall and spring are real nice times to go.
  • Amazing sunset.. It is always great for walking, running or cycling.
  • What a beautiful place to sit and relax in such a busy city!
  • What a great view! Grab an Adirondack chair and relax on the water