Mattapan Football Field Named After Local Civic Activist


Mattapan Field Dedication

(James Rojas/WBZ NewsRadio)

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Members of the Mattapan community honored a local civic activist Saturday by naming a football field after him.

The field at Almont Park is named after the late Gareth Kinkead Jr.

Kinkead was a longtime activist in the community, who helped create a safe space for kids to play, and for the community to come together.

“My husband was one who never ceased to work at things,” his widow, Annie Kinkead said.

Annie said the activist and World War II veteran never gave up on his mission to help his community. She believes this will inspire future generations.

“This is your neighborhood,” Annie said. “We can all be activists. We can all see something that needs to be taken care of and do it.”

The city of Boston invested $4.7 million to transform the park. Mayor Marty Walsh attended the dedication, along with state and local officials.

WBZ NewsRadio's James Rojas (@JamesRojasWBZ) reported this story.

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