Mayor Thomas Koch announced that 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. The dedication ceremony will be at 1 pm on August 24th. 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,” said Mayor Koch. “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 as of February 1, 1982 where he served until his retirement thirty-seven 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.