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Oct. 20, 2021


Cole Higlin

Mandan Park District

(701) 751-6161 / chiglin@mandanparks.com




MANDAN, N.D. – The Mandan Park Board approved proceeding with major upgrades to the rodeo arena used by Mandan Horse & Saddle Club on the west side of Dacotah Centennial Park on Monday, October 11 at the Mandan Park Board meeting.

The Mandan Rodeo Days Committee is responsible for the cost of the new arena. Mandan Park District and the Mandan Rodeo Days Committee secured a $750,000 donation from Dale Pahlke, Dakota Community Bank & Trust and a $1 million commitment from the City of Mandan Visitors Fund to directly benefit infrastructure improvements at Dacotah Centennial Park. “We believe that this project will benefit Mandan Park District, Mandan Rodeo, Stock Car Association, and Mandan Horse and Saddle Club. All community-minded entities are proud to be a part of this partnership and are working towards the same end goal” said Dustin Fleck, Mandan Park District Park Superintendent.

The improved facility will now be known as the Dale Pahlke Arena on the Dakota Community Bank & Trust Rodeo Grounds. The Dale Pahlke Arena will feature a larger arena with improved drainage, new fencing and gates, new announcer stand, audio visual system, 4,000 seat grandstand, livestock pens, contestant warm-up area, future exhibit hall and a maintenance/storage shed. Dacotah Centennial Park updates will include accommodating ADA upgrades to bleachers and LED lighting throughout the facility. To plan for future, the Park District supported the recommendation from the Dacotah Centennial Park Advisory Committee to relocate the community gardens to the former south tennis court site, 608 8th Ave. SE in 2022.

Dale Pahlke and Dakota Community Bank & Trust have always been strong supporters of the Mandan community, providing local leadership and helping the community grow. Mandan Park District is confident in the partnership. The Mandan Rodeo Committee is actively seeking other sponsors. If you are interested in this opportunity please reach out to Mandan Rodeo past chair and fundraising coordinator, Jason Mittlestadt at 701-527-4625.

Mandan Park Board approved hiring Icon Architectural Group to construct the project. “We believe it is important to have a local connection and expand on community development” said Cole Higlin, Mandan Park District Director. The goal is to have the facility ready by the Fourth of July in 2022.

See below for preliminary concepts.


For more information about the Dale Pahlke Arena on the Dakota Community Bank & Trust Rodeo Grounds and Dacotah Centennial Park upgrades please visit www.mandanparks.com.