It’s a small playground and sports field named for a local hero, Pete. Remember the Ice Bucket Challenge that swept through the country and parts of the world in 2014? Pete Frates is a Beverly (MA) resident who attended St. John’s Preparatory School and then Boston College. He excelled in sports, from football to hockey and baseball—eventually becoming a coach.
But at the age of 27, he was diagnosed with ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) or Lou Gehrig's disease. The cause is unknown and there is no cure.
Buckets of ice have long been poured over the heads of sports victors. Pete’s brother issued the challenge to his friends because he believed Pete was going to win. This challenge soon went viral and, in the end, $225M has been donated to fight this horrible disease. It’s become an annual event in Beverly and the North Shore (of Boston).
Pete’s Park is newly opened in Beverly.