Esplanade Steps to the Front

June 28, 2011
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The City Parks Alliance (CPA) – a Washington, D.C.-based national urban-park advocacy group – has named the Charles River Esplanade a “Frontline Park.”

“We selected The Charles River Esplanade for recognition because it exemplifies the power of public-private partnerships to create and maintain urban parks that build community and make our cities sustainable and vibrant” said Catherine Nagel, CPA executive director. “We hope that by shining the spotlight on this park that we can raise awareness about both the necessity and the promise of these kinds of partnerships to spur investment in our nation’s urban parks.”

Each month, CPA recognizes two “Frontline Parks” to promote and highlight inspiring examples of urban park excellence, innovation, and stewardship across the country. The program seeks to highlight examples of the challenges facing city parks as a result of “shrinking municipal budgets, land use pressures and urban neighborhood decay,” according to a statement issued by CPA.

The Esplanade Association Executive Director Sylvia Salas said, “The success of The Charles River Esplanade is a direct result of the partnership between The Esplanade Association and the state [Department of Conservation and Recreation] to coordinate public and private resources for park improvements and provide fun and free programs for the public.”

The Esplanade is featured on the CPA Web site at www.cityparksalliance.org throughout the month of June.

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