Martin Richard Foundation Fundraises For New Fieldhouse In Dorchester

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BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — It's been almost nine years since Martin Richard and two others died in the Boston Marathon Bombing, and his family still working hard to carry on his memory.

The Martin Richard Foundation is helping fundraise for a new state-of-the-art 75,000 square foot fieldhouse on Mount Vernon Street on Harbor Point in Dorchester. The fieldhouse will cost around $50 million to build and will feature sports facilities, a teaching kitchen, a theater space, a cafe, and multiple enrichment programs.

Bill Richard, Martin's father, told WBZ's Suzanne Sausvillehe the fieldhouse, which would be located near two Boston Public Schools, will be a first of its kind in Boston.

"There is not an indoor turf facility in the city of Boston," he said. "Right now a lot of families have to go travel far to the suburbs for these types of services."

The facility is meant to honor the life of Martin, who Bill Richard said was all about sportsmanship and teamwork.

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"We would hear stories all the time about him not allowing a kid to be picked last and he would pick them on his team," he said. "Martin just believed in including other people."

If they can raise the funds needed for the project, Richard said construction would start sometime this fall and take about 18 months to complete.

WBZ's Suzanne Sausville (@wbzSausville) reports.

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