Richard was 8 years old when he was killed at the Boston Marathon bombings on April 15, 2013, making him the youngest victim of the attack. A photograph of the young boy smiling and holding a handmade poster that read, “No more hurting people. Peace,” became the mission of the Martin W. Richard Charitable Foundation, established by Richard’s parents.
Even with his life cut tragically short, Martin’s memory will be permanently etched in the Boston landscape as the namesake for the new Martin’s Park, a grassy spot next to the Boston Children’s Museum. The green space will host a playground, a “nature trail,” a pedestrian bridge, a water garden, a wooden amphitheater and many benches to sit on. Park features include slides, a play-ship, a rope climber, basket swing and log-climber.
Martin’s Park will be open in 2018.