BOSTON (CBS) — A groundbreaking ceremony for a park dedicated to the Boston Marathon Bombing‘s youngest victim took place Wednesday afternoon.
Eight-year-old Martin Richard was watching runners cross the marathon finish line when the bombs exploded.
Martin’s Park is an innovative and wheelchair accessible playground that is being created near the Boston Children’s Museum. It is one of the many initiatives the Richard family has taken to their son and spread his message of “no more hurting people.”
“I am so happy to be doing this project and I know Martin is happy that the community is coming together to build something inclusive which is what Martin was all about,” said Jane Richard, Martin’s sister, at the ceremony.
Martin’s father, Bill Richard also spoke.
“Today is undeniable proof that good will always triumph,” he said.
Richard thanked Governor Charlie Baker, Mayor Marty Walsh, Boston Parks and Recreation Commissioner Chris Cook, and everyone who donated for making the park possible.
“Above all, we are here because of a little guy right down there who was all miss so much,” Richard continued. “His quick wit and charm, his insistence on fair play while at the same time owning one heck of a competitive streak. But his enduring message of peace that just continues to will people to come together for the common good. That’s why we are here.”
The Martin family was joined by Baker and Walsh at the groundbreaking.
“This park and all it stands for and represents, and the Martin Richard Foundation, and the Richard family, are about taking–perhaps the darkest and most terrible and horrific experience anybody could possibly imagine and finding light and hope and positivity and a future on which you can build something beautiful out of it. ” said Baker.
The park will feature many natural climbing structures, like rocks, which were Martin’s favorite, according to his dad.
It will also have a play ship, rope climber, a bucket swing, web climber, and slides.
In an earlier interview with WBZ-TV, Commissioner Cook said the ship will be fully accessible from all levels.
“You’ll be able to raise sails on it and everything,” he added.
“People were so incredibly kind to us when everything happened,” said Richard in April. “We really do see this as our gift, it’s really everyone’s gift, back to Boston.”
The property on the Children’s Wharf was initially owned by Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, it was remediated and transferred to the Boston Parks and Recreation Department in order for the park to be built.
The Boston Athletic Association donated $20,000 to the park’s construction.
WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Bernice Corpuz reports