Barry J. Welch Soccer Field Dedication Ceremony Aug. 24

Varsity Soccer Field in Merrymount Park will be dedicated in the name of Barry J. Welch, the city’s long-time recreation director who served in the Quincy Recreation Department for 55 years, at a ceremony set for Saturday, Aug. 24 at 1 p.m., announces Mayor Thomas Koch.

BARRY WELCH, the city’s longtime Recreation Department director who retired earlier this year, will be honored Aug. 24 when the city dedicates Varsity Soccer Field in his name. Welch served the department for 55 years including 37 years as director. Quincy Sun Photo/Robert Bosworth

The ceremony will be followed by a celebration at Pageant Field starting at approximately 1:30 p.m.

Former Quincy Recreation employees are encouraged to attend the “Rec Reunion” at Pageant Field that day. There will be a contest for the “oldest rec shirt” from leaders that saved their old work shirts. The celebration will include a barbecue, music, games, and fun.

Mayor Koch presented the proposal to name the field in Welch’s honor to the Quincy Park and Recreation Board six months ago. The board unanimously supported Koch’s initiative to recognize this outstanding public servant.

“Barry epitomizes what public service is all about,” Koch said. “He is a pioneer in the recreation field and has provided thousands of Quincy young people with a great experience in our playground, clinic, swim, and gym programs. Recreation in Quincy is synonymous with Barry Welch and this dedication will ensure that his work is forever remembered.”

Welch was first appointed in June, 1964 as an assistant recreation playground leader. In 1975, he was appointed as the assistant director of recreation. Mayor Frank McCauley named Welch the director of the Recreation Department Feb. 1, 1982 where he served until his retirement 37 years later to the day.

Added Mayor Koch, “We encourage all those that worked with and for Barry to join us in saluting his service to Quincy. It would great to bring back as many former Rec leaders as we could to celebrate his incredible career in local government.”

Varsity Soccer Field is adjacent to Veterans Memorial Stadium across from Collins Rest-A-While playground and the Mitchell/McCoy softball field on Merrymount Parkway.

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