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By adamg - 11/9/23 - 12:10 pm
Slide shaped like a football that Gronk has just spiked

One guess where they got the idea for this slide.

DCR last week unveiled designs for the Gronk Playground it will be installing on the Esplanade - centered around a slide meant to immortalize the way Rob Gronkowski used to spike a football after a touchdown. Read more.

By adamg - 11/2/23 - 2:27 pm

A disgusted citizen filed a 311 complaint this morning about the fresh "White Power" and swastika painted on the pathway near the Frances Appleton footbridge - the one near the Longfellow. The swastika was painted backwards.

By adamg - 7/4/23 - 6:21 pm
Phone message urging people to leave the Esplanade

People with phones set up for emergency messages were warned this afternoon to leave the Esplanade as a line of thunderstorms approached south of Boston. State Police stopped letting people onto the Esplanade to reduce the number of people they might have to move out in a hurry had the heavy rain and lightning reached the Charles, which it didn't. Read more.

By adamg - 6/16/23 - 3:01 pm

The Charles River Conservancy has announced its canceled tomorrow's City Splash swim event at the Esplanade due to forecast "heavy rain and potential thunderstorms" that would make swimming unsafe.

The group had set Sunday as its rain date, but it's been forced to cancel that as well, because all the rain Saturday could mean unsafe levels of potentially harmful microorganisms via pipes that still drain into the river.

By adamg - 5/18/23 - 9:58 am

The Beacon Hill Times reports on initial proposals for a "West End Green Corridor" to connect the Rose Kennedy Greenway with the Esplanade. One proposal: A sort of mini-High Line path 15 feet up.

By adamg - 3/23/23 - 12:50 pm

The Charles River Conservancy has set June 17 for this year's City Splash and One-Mile Swim, during which you'll be able to jump into the Charles from the Fiedler Dock on the Esplanade. Because the event and race have proven so popular, pre-registration for time slots or to enter the race will be required, although the group has yet to set up online pages to do so.

By adamg - 12/17/22 - 5:08 pm
Geese in the Esplanade lagoon

Samuel Maskell watched a flotilla of geese floating along in the Esplanade lagoon.

By adamg - 6/6/22 - 10:01 am
Heron at the Esplanade

Ladybugs Leaf spotted the Esplanade's latest visitor today.

Patrick Roath saw him in the Fens yesterday: Read more.

By adamg - 2/12/22 - 8:31 pm
Waterside music on the Charles River at sunset

Chris in 02134 reports people were grooving to the sunset along the Charles River Esplanade this evening: Read more.

By adamg - 6/20/21 - 12:53 pm
Atticus the swan and his cygnets

A roving UHub photographer snapped this family portrait of Atticus the Swan - whose partner died not long after their babies were hatched - and his not-so-little cygnets out for a paddle at the Esplanade this morning.

By adamg - 6/1/21 - 3:23 pm

The Esplanade Association reports she died last night, and that a Boston animal-control officer was able to remove her body "while the father swan sat at the nest with their cygnets tucked under his wings."

Paddy G reports the two were forced to raise their young amidst man-made filth along the riverbank.

By adamg - 4/29/21 - 9:11 am
Eagle on the Esplanade

Who would have thought an eagle would land right on the Esplanade? Paul Kafasis spotted the bird there this morning.

Back Bay bald eagle bops along the Charles.

By adamg - 4/19/21 - 10:26 am
Proposed Charles River Park

Restoration won't include removing the highways, though. 1886 view of the proposed Charles River parks from BPL Leventhal Map Center.

DCR is aiming for a fall start of a pilot program to test various methods for restoring the banks of the Charles River Basin and reducing the amount of invasive trees and other plants along the banks that it says crowd out native species and reduce the vistas of the scenic waterway. Read more.

By adamg - 1/22/21 - 10:23 pm

Peter Cheung took in the first night of Hatched, a four-week long "multi-sensory winter illumination experience" at the Hatch Shell on the Esplanade: Read more.

By adamg - 10/3/20 - 6:18 pm
White duck and goose on the Esplanade

Liz the roving UHub photographer came upon a white duck having a grand old time hanging with a gaggle of geese on the Esplanade this afternoon.

By adamg - 7/10/20 - 7:52 pm
Back Bay rainbow

Aegon Targaryen VI spotted this rainbow this afternoon:

Rainbow over back bay, ending over the hatchshell. Brb, getting that gold.

By adamg - 5/8/20 - 1:52 pm

Keith Lockhart made the announcement this afternoon: Read more.

By adamg - 4/8/20 - 3:21 pm

Peter Wilson reports the Boston Pops have cancelled their spring season and that they're still considering whether to perform on July 4th at the Hatch Shell and this summer in Tanglewood.

By adamg - 9/9/19 - 10:27 am

Full GREEN DAY segment from WE WANT THE AIRWAVES(The Riot Gig)

WFNX got Snapple to sponsor the concert - and they gave out thousands of bottles of juice. Glass bottles. As one reporter concluded: "Small mobs of punk rock fans roaming Boston's Back Bay looking for action."

H/t Chris Devers.

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