In the fall of 2024 this BIG IDEA will become a reality.  Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester and the Martin Richard Foundation will open the Dorchester Field House in Dorchester’s Harbor Point neighborhood. 

A Safe Place

Boston’s young people need a place to call their own; a safe place where kids and teens can express themselves openly and freely, be with their friends and connect with role models and mentors who truly care about their well-being.  

The BIG IDEA is a huge lift, yet is absolutely attainable. Public investments and private philanthropy are coming together to build the foundation for the next 50 years of fun, safe, and enriching opportunities for Boston’s kids. Will you join us? 

Our Priorities.


Welcoming to all, adaptive & inclusive

    • Competitive, adaptive sports facility and equipment for all abilities
    • Indoor and outdoor spaces fully accessible
    • Creative arts, health, wellness, fitness, and cultural programs
    • Social and hangout space


Indoor & outdoor spaces to foster dynamic learning, socializing, and changing needs

    • Competitive indoor and outdoor athletic courts, fields and fitness spaces
    • Health & wellness activities like yoga, meditation, cooking and nutrition
    • Theater and community space for expression, convening and gathering
    • Strives to accommodate all children


Create opportunity for community benefit and personal growth in every space

    • Space for nonprofit partners
    • The needs of children and inclusion inform all decision-making
    • Roof garden, teaching kitchen, flex classrooms and public café
    • Shared facility fully BPS with no burden of operations, maintenance or staffing

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We have all of the unique ingredients around us right now: change all around us, young people eager to engage, educational partners seeking new solutions, land in need of transformation and social impact investors looking to make meaningful investments.