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Beyer Stadium Park

September 9, 2014

Nate McDonald


That’s my four-year-old son Griffin in the photo. He wasn’t as happy as I was to be out in the sun at Beyer Stadium Park last week. The occasion was to see some new interpretive signs I designed. 

Over this past year, I have been privileged to work on some historically and culturally significant design projects. The most recent was for Beyer Stadium Park. It was a collaboration between the Rockford Park District and Friends of Beyer group, who received a grant to have to have this project done.


One sign covers the overall history of the property. The other three expand on some of the sports history tied to Beyer Stadium, which includes the well-known Rockford Peaches. I learned so much from this project and how significant Beyer Stadium Park is to the Rockford community. I am also extremely appreciative of the work that Friends of Beyer is doing with the RPD to restore the field and park, and want to give a special thanks to Greg Schwanke, Steve McIntosh, and Jeff Larson for all their help.


I was able to locate an incredible photo of Rockford-native, Robert Packard running alongside Jesse Owens during the 1936 Olympics in Germany from The Granger Collection.


All four signs at Beyer Stadium Park with the original ticket booth in the background.

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