Boston officials and the family of Martin Richard accepted a $70,000 donation from the Skanska development company last week to assist in the completion of Martin’s Park, the waterfront, fully-accessible park now under construction in South Boston.
Work on the $10 million park, named in the honor of young Martin, is well underway this season. It is being converted from green space previously owned by the MBTA, along with a parking lot space owned by the Boston Children’s Museum to create the freshly designed play area at the Smith Family Waterfront. This transition has been overseen by the City of Boston’s Parks and Recreation Department.
On hand representing the Richard Foundation was Martin’s dad, Bill Richard, who has said that the park will be “a place where all kids will have the opportunity to learn and play together without prejudice.”
Designed by renowned landscaper Michael Van Valkenburgh, Martin’s Park will have a number of features that are meant to be inclusive and accessible to all. These include a raised bridge connecting the north and south play areas, creating a cohesive play space while allowing much-needed neighborhood and visitor pedestrian circulation to move through the space.
Sloped pathways will meander throughout the site with elements such as drums, small sculpture animals, and binoculars, along with interpretive signage that will help promote access to inclusive play elements such as embankment slides, a basket swing, play ship, timber maze climber, and water garden.
Martin’s Park is set to be fully completed in the fall of 2018.