New Stadium signage at Lacey Park Reflects Powerful Mahaska Community Partnership
The signage celebrates the activities of William Penn University and Oskaloosa High School. The Stadium, named Statesmen Community Stadium, features both the Oskaloosa Indian and William Penn school logos.
The field and track—together with the press box, hospitality suite, and seating—have become recognized as one of the best facilities in the state. Additionally, it provides valuable real-world learning experiences for both high school and university students studying digital communications, who use the state-of-the-art press box to create video productions and event broadcasts.
“Oskaloosa is unique in how we partner together to make things work as a team,” said Nik Rule, Director of Athletics at William Penn. “Sport and recreation have always been an important part of this community and the relationship between William Penn University and Oskaloosa High School has helped enhance opportunities in this area. The new signage elevates the profile of the venue and visually reinforces the strength of the bond between the Statesmen and the Indians.”
The stadium was created by community-wide efforts and is home to numerous activities for sports and band. It is utilized by the joint efforts of the University and Oskaloosa High School. The University owns the stadium and is responsible for operations, scheduling, and ongoing upkeep and maintenance.
“Our continued relationship with William Penn is as strong as ever. This facility allows us, not only an opportunity to play at an unbelievable venue, but gives the community a sense pride. We are happy to partner with William Penn and provide our student-athletes with the best possible facility and a great game day experience,” said Ryan Parker, Activities Director at Oskaloosa High School.
Plans are in process for the north-facing exterior wall above the entrance to display large banners featuring photos of high school and university activities, along with an improved look for the ticket booth at the entrance to the venue.
These shared resources are another outstanding example of partnering in our community that maximizes resources to create win–win results.
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