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.
The 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.
The 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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  • Quiet walk, surrounded by green, a lake with ducks, and the river. Ideal for hiking or running. Good view of Cambridge. Go well protected on cold days.
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  • I often watch the Boston Pops 4th of July Show so it was very important to me to see the Hatch Shell on this trip to Boston. It was great to see if off season so I can determine if I want to make the ...  more »
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  • Beautiful place to hang out and watch Boston sunsets! Runners rejoice - awesome track and exercise stops. For beer lovers, catch up on the night shift brewing beer garden. Open air performances in the hatch shell are worth looking forward to in the summer. Most recommended for locals and Boston visitors.
  • Amazing cruise tour....!!! Perfect weather, perfect 70 minutes sunset tour on Charles River Cruise from Cambridge side. Really worth taking this cruise, it is fairly priced and they have snacks and bar on the cruise. Those visiting Boston should definitely take this cruise.
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