AUBURN, Mass. – The Friends of the Pappas Recreation Complex are hoping that the public can help them raise about $200,000 for a state-of-the-art, handicap-accessible playground at the new complex in Auburn.
The $4.3 million Dr. Arthur and Dr. Martha Pappas Recreation Complex has baseball, softball and soccer fields in addition to a performance pavilion, but the playground is in the early stages of its fundraising.
Jennifer LaBonte, a member of the Friends of the Pappas Recreation Complex, said the group needs the community to donate to the playground project.
“There are a variety of different ways that people can get involved and help us,” LaBonte said. “One way is to go online to our website, and people can donate right there.
“People can buy a brick that will be at the complex, they can buy a bench in honor of somebody or they can buy T-shirts at the different summer concerts,” LaBonte said.
LaBonte said that corporations can make a donation, and the nonprofit is also looking for volunteers to help with applying for grants and fundraising.
Donors will have their names engraved on a plaque near the playground entrance and mentioned in all commemorative programs sold at special events.
The playground will be in the center of the park, behind the performance pavilion. Preliminary plans include a poured rubber foundation, music-making stations, slides and obstacle courses. The playground will be for ages 2 to 12.
LaBonte said a realistic finish date for the playground is a year away. She said they have a few hurdles to go through first, such as raising a lot of money, getting the area surveyed and having the Conservation Commission take a look at it.
For more information or to donate, visit the Pappas Recreation Complex website.