The Esplanade Association kicked off its $4 million fund-raising campaign to restore the Hatch Memorial Shell on the Charles River Esplanade Friday with an initial contribution from recently renamed Santander Bank.
Santander Bank, known as Sovereign until Thursday, donated $100,000 to help with design and permitting needs and to support landscaping projects.
The restoration of the Hatch Shell, the site of the Boston Pops Orchestra’s annual Fourth of July concert celebration, will take place in three stages. It will include the overhaul of the Hatch Shell grounds, modernization of the sound and lighting system, and upgrading of the structure with the state’s Department of Conservation and Recreation. The last major renovation of the Hatch Shell was in 1991.
“We set out with the mission to drive enhancements that make the Esplanade a world-class park and restoring the Hatch Shell is a key phase in our overall plan,” said Margo Newman, the association’s chairwoman, in a statement.
The first phase of renovations will be to the grassy area in front of the arena, which is used for picnics, movies, and concerts.
“We know how much this park means to the city and we can’t wait to help make the Hatch Shell even more beautiful and accessible,” said David Miree, Santander’s managing director of US branches.