Local officials, residents, members of the media, and representatives of the Blackstone Heritage Corridor gathered at the Dr. Arthur and Dr. Martha Pappas Recreation Complex on Friday, September 29 to recognize the official opening of the Pakachoag Trail.
The Pakachoag Trail is a 7/8 mile trail that connects the Pappas Recreation Complex with the 50 acres of land on Southold Rd. purchased by the Town of Auburn in 2015. The trail held a soft opening back on August 31 as part of the Blackstone GO! Series offered through the Blackstone Heritage Corridor.
The trail was made possible in large part thanks to a $15,000 grant from the Blackstone Heritage Corridor, Inc. Said BHC Marketing Director, Bonnie Combs, “The Blackstone Heritage Corridor is dedicated to promoting and preserving the natural, historical and recreational aspects of its 25 member towns.”
According to Auburn Town Manager, Julie Jacobson, Auburn was added to the Blackstone National Heritage Corridor in 2015.
“Being a member town gives us [Auburn] access to information, marketing, promotions, and grants” said Jacobson.
Jacobson went on to credit Town Planner, Matt Benoit, for applying for and following through with the grant application that made the trail possible.
State Representative Paul Frost presented a citation to Jacobson on behalf of himself and State Senator Michael Moore who was unable to attend on Friday. Frost commented that, with the opening of the new trail, the Pappas’ vision for the complex has come to fruition.
“We have these great ball fields and soccer fields, our own small version of the Hatch Shell, an accessible playground, and now the walking trail” said Frost. “This great complex now truly offers something for everyone. I congratulate Auburn for pursuing this type of project.”
The trail is accessed next to the Pappas Recreation Complex concession stand, where visitors will find an information board as well as trail maps. The information warns that the trail is challenging in spots, and is not suitable for all ability levels. Strollers and wagons are prohibited. Leashed pets are welcome.