Pioneer Park

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.

About Pioneer Park

Lighted synthetic turf fields will enable members of the Malone community to use the field space longer into the changing seasons of Northeast Ohio and extend the day for night activities. The fields and surrounding amenities of the park will provide Malone with an enormous recruiting advantage for all students and adds an additional gathering place for members of the community. As an NCAA Div. II institution, Malone will be able to offer outdoor athletic facilities that are among the most highly regarded in the nation. Pioneer Park will provide Malone with a tremendous recruiting advantage when competing for the best student-athletes in the Great Midwest Athletic Conference and against institutions in Northeast Ohio.

Pioneer Park also provides several new and significant revenue streams as Malone can now serve as host for sports camps, band camps, tournaments, and Ohio High School Athletic Association playoff competition. A resource for all of Stark County, Pioneer Park will extend Malone's reputation for being a contributor to the betterment of life in the region.

In addition, Pioneer Park will serve as a living laboratory of practical experience for Malone University students.  Students will gain practicum experience in business management & operations, promotions & marketing, as well as event management & logistics of the Park through academic program partnering.

Current Project Status: August of 2018

Pre-construction portions of the project are complete. Elements included removal of topsoil, the addition of 185 metric tons of clean fill material comprising the generous gift from the DeVille Corporation, excavation to engineered standards to accommodate our playing surfaces and preliminary site preparation work completed by the Wenger Group. 

The project is a minimum of eight weeks behind schedule because of the wet weather experienced in late spring/early summer. Due to this delay, we have missed the contractor’s window to begin construction this fall which will involve installation of in-ground base support materials such as utilities, drainage, lighting, walkways, and curbing.

The goal is to be able to move forward with construction in the spring of 2019. This will be dependent on fundraising as the project is – as future phases are -- being funded completely with philanthropic support.

We agreed to accept more earth from our construction partners in exchange for their work to develop two additional practice/club/intramural sports fields on Malone’s East Campus. These multipurpose fields at East Campus will be natural grass.

We are experiencing positive trend lines in support for the project and Advancement and Athletics personnel are actively engaged with several individuals and organizations who have an interest in gifts of six figures and larger. Many local businesses have also indicated interest in, and committed to, sponsorships, partnerships, and advertising opportunities that the new park provides. 

Businesses or individuals interested in partnerships, sponsorships, naming opportunities and other information about Pioneer Park should contact Bob Dean, Pioneer Development Officer at 330-471-8237 or email: rdean@malone.edu.