Charles Eliot, a founder of the Boston Metropolitan Park System and protégé of Frederick Law Olmsted, was a giant in the American parks movement. The Eliot Memorial which honors him and the metropolitan park system he helped to establish have long been overlooked.
This design will bring new attention to the memorial, establish a lovely new gathering place on the Esplanade, and become a demonstration landscape for maintenance and management practices elsewhere on the Esplanade. It will build on the success of the new Community Boating dock and provide comfortable places for visitors to wait for friends and children to return from their sail. The presence of a food truck and comfortable seating will make this a popular gathering place on the Esplanade.