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Beyer Stadium Park

September 9, 2014

Nate McDonald

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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