Martin's Park Officially Opens in Boston, MA

June 19, 2019

Two years ago, ground was broken on an inclusive park and play space in the heart of Boston, Massachusetts in memory of Martin Richard, the youngest victim of the 2013 Boston Marathon at just eight years old. On June 15, Martin's Park officially opened to the public. The inclusive space is adjacent to the Boston Children's Museum on the Smith Family Waterfront in the Seaport District of Boston. 

A native of Dorchester, Martin spent much of his time playing with his siblings and friends at many of the local fields and playgrounds. Martin's family set out to do something substantial in his memory, working in partnership with the City of Boston. The park was inspired by another inclusive play space built in the city following the tragedy, with an overall vision laid out by Martin's father. 

Martin's Park is a unique, public, 1-acre outdoor space featuring custom-designed equipment and a wide range of trees and plats to create an oasis the Seaport District. During the planning for the space, all structures including a custom ship and fully-accessible timber maze were evaluated on five dimensions on inclusion to ensure children of limited physical, emotional and cognitive abilities would be able to enjoy the park. The hope is that this space will provide enjoyment to generations of Boston's children, families and visitors to come. 

Merchants bonded this meaningful project and Sr. Contract Underwriter Nate Cook was able to attend the opening ceremonies alongside thousands of others. We are proud to be a small part of Martin's Park and look forward to seeing the space serve the city of Boston. 

Learn more about Martin's Park.