Building Martin’s Park
Boston, MA: 8.15.2017 Dirt is tossed in the Seaport District during the ceremonial ground breaking of Martin’s Park named for the late Martin Richard, killed during the Boston terror bombings April 15, 2013, during the Boston Marathon. (Mayor’s Office Photo by Jeremiah Robinson)
Boston, MA: (via.) The Martin Richards Foundation, joined by family, friends, Mayor Walsh, Governor Baker and countless supporters – we broke ground on Martin’s Park. Adjacent to the Boston Children’s Museum, Boston Parks and Recreation Department (BPRD) will officially begin construction on a universally accessible park and playground to honor Martin.
Growing up in Dorchester, Martin spent long hours playing at the various fields and playgrounds around the city. Here, Martin learned the value of community, teamwork, fairness, and kindness. Martin’s Park will be a symbol of Martin’s welcoming, inclusive nature as well as a place where he, Henry, Jane and friends would have loved exploring and being together. This unique, public, outdoor space will ensure Martin’s legacy remains a vibrant and positive influence for future generations.
Martin’s Park would not be possible without the unwavering support and dedication of our donors, volunteers, and city leaders – we are forever grateful to them. Martin’s Park is set to open in the summer of 2018 and will provide value for children, families and visitors of all abilities in our city.
With peace and gratitude,
Bill and Denise Richard
About Martin’s Park
On Fort Point Channel, adjacent to the Boston Children’s Museum, Boston Parks and Recreation Department (BPRD) will construct a universally accessible park and playground to honor Martin W. Richard. Martin’s Park will provide value for children, families, and visitors of all abilities.
The youngest victim of the Boston Marathon bombings, Martin, was eight-years-old when he was killed on April 15, 2013. In the days after the bombing, a photo of Martin holding a handmade poster that read “No more hurting people. Peace” was shared over the Internet and made many see Martin as a symbol of peace. This gesture of love came to define Boston’s response to the attacks and inspired the generosity and support of people from around the world which has become the spirit of One Boston Day. Martin’s message is an active catalyst of change for Bostonians and beyond.
While our texting fundraising campaign in conjunction with Marathon Monday has ended, we are still accepting donations online through the secure portal below. Please help bring our vision to life by making a donation today! http://www.teammr8.org/