Pat McFarland honored for efforts at Parkersburg High School’s Stadium Field
PARKERSBURG — Pat McFarland was recognized last Friday night for his efforts to improve Parkersburg High School’s Stadium Field.
At the end of the first quarter of Friday’s PHS-Parkersburg South football game at Stadium Field, McFarland, president of the Parkersburg High School Stadium Field Committee, received a 20-inch bronze statue from PHS Principal Kenny DeMoss.
In the center of the football field, McFarland was honored “for his tireless efforts in the transformation of this stadium.”
Also representing Parkersburg High School at the ceremony was Athletic Director Chris Way, while Joe Weaver, as president, represented PHS Alumni for Athletics, which sponsored the award.
The award to McFarland reads: “This acknowledgment is presented in grateful appreciation for your contribution and participation on behalf of the Parkersburg High School Stadium.”
McFarland has spent many hours working on the project to improve Stadium Field, said Larry Richardson, a member of PHS Alumni for Athletics. “We wanted to acknowledge all he had done,” Richardson said.
“Although it is nice to be appreciated and I am pleased to be recognized, there are a lot of other people who deserve recognition as well,” McFarland said. “I like to think that this is a team effort, and I am only one member of the team.”
The PHS Stadium Field Committee spent money this summer to clean up and paint the closed east-side grandstands at Stadium Field. Vegetation was growing in the grandstands area.
Local businesses helped on the stadium improvement project, McFarland said.
Information on the Stadium Field project can be found at phsstadium.org.
Scheduled next is a plan to rebuild the track, McFarland said. A contract is in place, with work scheduled to begin in May 2019 following the end of the upcoming track season, he said.
Architect James Sauer of JT Sauer & Associates has been contracted to prepare a general plan, cost estimates, rendition drawings and 3D Modeling for the proposed new east-side grandstands, McFarland said. Fundraising plans are being discussed for the new grandstands.
McFarland said he is confident the community can continue the work to further improve Stadium Field.