Charles River Runners

Resource Management Plan

Executive Summary pdf format of RMP Executive Summary

The Charles River Esplanade - New Basin Complex is located at the mouth of the Charles River in the municipalities of Boston and Cambridge. This designed landscape includes parkways, parks, historic structures, and natural areas along a three-mile long portion of the Charles River Basin extending from the BU Bridge to Boston Harbor. DCR facilities located in the North End and Charlestown are also included in this complex.

The Charles River Esplanade is well known for its Independence Day celebrations at the Hatch Shell. DCR staff assigned to the Charles River Esplanade - New Basin Complex manage the Cambridge and Boston Esplanades, New Basin Parks, City Square Park, Memorial and Storrow Drives, two indoor skating rinks, two dams, and six pedestrian bridges connecting adjacent neighborhoods to the parks.  Eight boathouses, a yacht club, a food concession, and the Museum of Science are operated by private organizations on DCR property within the Complex.  

Resource Management Plans (RMPs) are working documents that consider the past, present, and future of a property.  They draw on available sources of information to provide an inventory and assessment of existing conditions and activities, enabling the DCR to establish guidelines for future management. Results of this planning process include guidance for short and long-term management of properties and identification of priorities for capital and operating budgets.

Public input is an important component of the RMP process. It enhances communication and cooperation among the DCR, park visitors, stakeholders, partners, and the surrounding communities. On October 10, 2013, DCR hosted a public meeting to present information about the RMP planning process for the Charles River - New Basin Complex. At the meeting, DCR heard public concerns and ideas about recreation and stewardship of resources in the parks.  

Comments should be sent by e-mail to (please note “Charles River RMP” in the subject line) or by U.S. mail to the Office of Public Outreach, Department of Conservation and Recreation, 251 Causeway Street, Suite 900, Boston, MA  02114.  Please note that public comments received by DCR will be posted in their entirety to the DCR website, and that no content, including personal information, will be redacted.  Questions about the RMP can be directed to the above-mentioned email or mailing address or to the DCR Updates phone line at 617-626-4974.

Updates and materials concerning the Charles River Esplanade - New Basin RMP planning process are  posted on DCR’s website  Public Meeting Information & Materials .