Top Stories 2012: Auburn's Pappas Recreation Complex Opens

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Dr. Arthur Pappas and Dr. Martha Pappas attend the grand opening of Auburn's Pappas Recreation Complex on June 9. Photo Credit: Rick Sobey

AUBURN, Mass. – As 2012 comes to a close, The Auburn Daily Voice will recap the top 10 stories of the year this week.

The $4.3 million recreation facility, located at 203 Pakachoag St., Auburn, opened to the public in grand style June 9 with a parade, music, ceremony with public officials, food and sports games.

All the town's youth baseball, softball and soccer teams marched in the parade from the Senior Center to the Pappas Recreation Complex. Auburn’s police and fire led the parade.

After the parade, Town Manager Julie Jacobson led a ceremony with performances by the Greater Auburn Community Chorus and remarks from state Sen. Michael Moore (D-Millbury), state Rep. Paul Frost (R-Auburn) and Selectmen Chair Doreen Goodrich. Every speaker thanked Dr. Arthur Pappas and Dr. Martha Pappas for their generosity.

The facility has five playing fields: two soccer fields, two baseball fields and one field that is interchangeable between baseball and softball. These fields were used for games and tournaments throughout the summer.

In addition to the athletic fields, the complex boasts a concession stand, performance pavilion and a paved walking path. The Riley-Pappas Performance Pavilion was used for weekly summer concerts, which included performances from the Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra and the Auburn Community Players with Christine Taylor.

The playground at the recreation complex has not been completed, but work is under way to get that finished

Check back tomorrow for more top 10 stories.

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