Martin’s Park opens on Saturday

Former vice president John Biden joined Mayor Martin Walsh and members of the Richard family for a tour of Martin’s Park on June 5. John Wilcox/Mayor’s Office photo

Martin’s Park, a $10 million fully-accessible city park named as a memorial to Dorchester’s Martin Richard, will be dedicated this Sat., June 15 at 11 a.m. The newly-completed park at 64 Sleeper St. in South Boston is on converted waterfront land previously owned by the MBTA and the Boston Children’s Museum next door. The project has been overseen by the City of Boston’s Parks and Recreation Department.

Designed by renowned landscaper Michael Van Valkenburgh, Martin’s Park has features that are meant to be inclusive, including a raised bridge connecting play areas. Sloped pathways 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.

Mayor Martin J. Walsh, Governor Charlie Baker and Martin’s family— Bill, Denise, Henry and Jane— will be on hand for the dedication, according to Boston City Hall.

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