When it comes time to suit up for a Pop Warner game in Lawrence now, many kids will head for the rooftop.
Developer and pizza magnate Sal Lupoli cut the ribbon on an unusual piece of his Riverwalk development in Lawrence on Wednesday: A regulation-sized field for football, soccer, or lacrosse with a practice area, on top of a three-story parking garage.
The turf field, dubbed the Pavilion Field at Riverwalk, is already rented out for practices and games by a variety of Merrimack Valley organizations. Lupoli Cos. has donated use of the field to the city’s Pop Warner football program as well as its Beyond Soccer program. The 1,250-space garage below the field is attached to an 80,000-square-foot building that will feature stores and restaurants. Together, the garage, adjacent building, and turf field cost about $85 million. Governor Charlie Baker attended the ribbon-cutting; his administration has provided millions in subsidies for the broader Riverwalk development, which includes hundreds of apartments and small businesses.
“This is the sort of thing,” Baker said, “that gives people a sense of place and a sense of pride for their community.”