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Loganville dedicates pavilion to former mayor

Photo: Chris Stephens The city of Loganville officially dedicated the Ray Nunley Pavilion as a part of the town green. Former Loganville Mayor Ray Nunley passed away April 16 after battling lung cancer.

Photo: Chris Stephens The city of Loganville officially dedicated the Ray Nunley Pavilion as a part of the town green. Former Loganville Mayor Ray Nunley passed away April 16 after battling lung cancer.

LOGANVILLE -- Former Loganville Mayor Ray Nunley had a vision for the city and for a town green.

On Wednesday, that vision came to fruition as the city officially dedicated the Ray Nunley Pavilion as a part of the town green. And just in time for the Fourth of July festivities.

Nunley passed away April 16 after battling lung cancer.

"Ray wanted to kick off his vision around the July 4th festivities," said acting Mayor Mark Kiddoo. "It got to be a little bit of a challenge because of the weather, but we got it done."

The pavilion and town green are located at the corner of Main St. and Pecan St. at the site of the old AT&T building and Catfish College.

After paying to acquire the property and demo of the buildings, the cost came to $700,000 for the project.

"Ray always said that if you want to change the look of the downtown, you have to start buying property to make that change," Kiddoo said. "He pitched his idea of a town green and his passion helped sell the idea. The council thought it was a great idea, worthy of the time and energy it would take."

And the city plans to use the space right away beginning with the annual July 4th parade, which was moved to Saturday at 10 a.m.

In addition, the city plans on movie nights, concerts and various other events.

"We want this to be the city's shinning star," Kiddoo said. "It's vital to get people to start using it right away. Not only do we want to host events here, but we want people to take their lunch breaks here during the week and come on family picnics on the weekends. We hope they'll visit our stores as well."

The one thing Kiddoo said was missing was Nunley, who wasn't there to see his vision come together.

"I wish Ray could be here now to see his vision," he said. "He had so much pride in this city and this was one of the many things he wanted."

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