Esplanade Association and DCR Break Ground on Eliot Memorial

September 17, 2013

The Esplanade Association (TEA) joined the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) last Tuesday at a groundbreaking ceremony for the Charles Eliot Memorial on the Charles River Esplanade.

“We are pleased to be a part of these improvement efforts and will continue to support projects aimed at preservation,” DCR Commissioner Jack Murray said in a press release. “This agency is dedicated to providing Commonwealth residents with the best outdoors experience, whether you’re in the heart of Boston or the Berkshires.”

The project’s scope includes improving soil conditions and repairing the lawn; installing a new layer of shrubbery around the site; cleaning the monument and adding seating; and reconstructing the paths at the entry to Community Boating, among other enhancements.

TEA raised more than $300,000 of the total project’s $490,000 cost, and the group has committed to maintaining the restored landscape, which is scheduled for completion in December of 2013.

The project is part of Esplanade 2020 – a long-term vision for the park undertaken last year by TEA and DCR.

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