BOSTON (CBS) — A park dedicated to the youngest Boston Marathon bombing victim opened to the public Saturday. Martin’s Park, which is adjacent to the Boston Children’s Museum, will be accessible to kids of all abilities.
Martin Richard, a Dorchester native, was eight years old at the time of the 2013 Boston Marathon. In the past, Bill Richard, Martin’s dad, said he did not want the park to be a memorial. Instead, he pictured a fun, “loud and boisterous” park for families to enjoy.
At Saturday’s opening ceremony, Mayor Marty Walsh said the park “wraps up what our values are in the city of Boston and it’s amazing.”
Gov. Charlie Baker was also in attendance. He said, “This is easily the most amazing and creative park, in part because of the space that people were working on when they built it. Remember this was almost sort of a park for almost 15 years I think before it became this park…It’s a magnificent tribute to Martin and the Richard family and all they stood for.”
Two choirs with school kids sang and Jane Richard, Martin’s sister, performed her own rendition of ‘A Million Reasons’ by Pink.
The park has a raised bridge, sloped pathways, small sculptures of animals, a wooden boat, a basket swing, and a water garden.
“We are forever grateful for the unwavering support of our donors, volunteers and city officials that have made Martin’s Park possible, and we are thrilled to share this special place with everyone in the city of Boston,” said Bill Richard in a statement. “For us, Martin’s Park is a symbol of the commitment of so many individuals and their dedication to building a more kind, just, and inclusive community here in the city that we love.”