August 16, 2017, marked the culmination of immense generosity, commitment to community and dedication to building a more kind and peaceful world. 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!
In order to build this park, we are asking for your help. John Hancock is generously donating $150,008 to serve as a catalyst for this crowd sourcing campaign. Your support will ensure Martin's legacy remains a vibrant and positive influence for future generations. Please consider making a contribution towards this park today.