Accessibility at the DCR Hatch Memorial Shell

The Handel and Haydn Society welcomes all attendees. We would be pleased to make accessibility accommodations to ensure the performance experience is enjoyable for all.

By Car
There is limited handicapped parking along Beacon Street near Arlington Street thanks to the City of Boston’s Commission for People with Disabilities. There is no parking allowed on Storrow Drive.

Scheduling trips with The RIDE

If you are eligible to receive transportation via The RIDE, we strongly suggest making arrangments with The RIDE.

Schedule Online

Call: Available daily between 8:30 AM and 5 PM.
Voice: 844-427-7433
TTY: 857-206-6569

From Charles/MGH Red Line Station: The walking distance from the subway station to the Esplanade concert area is just under 1/2 mile, or 2,480 feet. The subway station is accessible and meets State and Federal access standards. The pathway to the concert area however has some issues. The path from the station to the Frances Appleton footbridge over Storrow Drive has ramps with slopes that exceed the standards in both length and grade of slope. For some individuals the climb up the bridge could be very difficult. The bridge is 717 feet from Charles Circle to the Esplanade end, 316 feet of which is uphill with grades as much as 10%. There is one level area at the second turn of the ramps on each side. The first turn going up the bridge is not level, the second turn does provide a level space. The distance from the beginning of the bridge to the first level area is 106 feet.

Please note: The Arthur Fiedler Footbridge that connects David G Mugar Way to the Esplanade will be closed to accommodate repair and restoration work by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation & Recreation. For more information about the restoration and pedestrian detours, please click here.

Hatch Shell and blue sky