The tragic death of a young baseball fan brought support to an ambitious plan – first proposed by the Esplanade Association – to fully restore the athletic fields at Charlesbank. With support from the governor, a public-private partnership was formed and set out to raise funds. The Solomon Foundation established the scope and managed the schematic design process. Worn out and muddy fields were replaced with a multipurpose athletic green with irrigation, fencing, lighting, and a scoreboard reminiscent of Fenway Park’s. Now hundreds of athletes each year – many of them young people enrolled in the local Hill House programs – now play on state-of-the-art athletic fields overlooking the river.
|2005||Partners planned, raised funds, and begin restoration|
|2006||Fields completed and re-opened, maintained with funds from the partnership.|
- 2005 Partners convened, raised funds, designed, and began field restoration
- Over $2,000,000
- Department of Conservation and Recreation
- The Esplanade Association
- Hill House
- The Red Sox Foundation
- Geller Sport, Inc.
- Fields are fully restored and maintained with funds from the partnership.