Pioneer Park will forever transform the student experience for Malone students by offering modern and attractive outdoor spaces for recreation, club sports, intramurals, and intercollegiate practices and competitions, as well as career development opportunities through management and operational experiences.
Current Project Status: December, 2020
Malone University officials announced on December 22, 2020 that they have completed the fundraising for the Pioneer Park Competition Field, a multipurpose, synthetic athletic field to be located adjacent to Route 62 on the Malone campus. Work will commence in early spring and will be completed and available to students when they return next August for the start of the 2021 Fall Semester.
The lighted field will serve as the game and practice facility for Pioneer men’s and women’s soccer teams and enable the University to launch men’s and women’s intercollegiate lacrosse teams. Additionally, Pioneer Park provides modern and attractive outdoor spaces for recreation, intramurals, club sports, and free play.
“The competition field will serve as a resource not only for the Malone campus community, but also, for the Greater Canton community,” said Malone President David King. “We anticipate that the field will draw additional visitors for sports camps, band camps, and youth tournaments in a variety of sports. We have had conversations with personnel from the Canton City Schools, the Hall of Fame, and the Canton Parks and Recreation Department about ways to make the field a community asset. As Canton’s University, we take seriously this opportunity to contribute to the betterment of the region.”
Total cost of the competition field is $1.6 million and is made possible through funding from the Hoover Foundation, Bill and Pearl Lemmon, Premier Bank, and Malone alumni and friends.
In addition to the options made available with completion of the field, Malone officials view the newest addition to the campus as a living laboratory for hands-on learning experiences in business management, operations, promotions & marketing, and event management & logistics.
The next phase of development will see the completion of the Robert Starcher synthetic turf baseball field.