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Spading looks forward to new job

By JUDY SCHLESSELMAN

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Kyle Spading, standout Belle Plaine athlete and former University of Iowa football player, is Belle Plaine’s new Parks and Recreation Director. He is shown in his office with his framed Hawkeye jersey, a gift from the university.

A Belle Plaine star athlete and Iowa Hawkeye football player has returned home to lead the city’s Parks and Recreation Department.

Kyle Spading, 23, replaces Joel Formanek as department head. He took over the reins June 21 after training a week with Formanek, who is moving to Kansas.

A three-year All-Stater in football, basketball and track, and University of Iowa Hawkeye football walk-on, Spading is happy to be back in Belle Plaine.

“It gives me a chance to come back and give something to the community that set me up for an opportunity to play at the highest level,” said Spading, the son of Bob and Kay Spading.

The new department head graduated from Belle Plaine High School in 2005 and earned a degree in Health and Sports Studies with an emphasis on Leisure Studies and Recreation from the University of Iowa last December. He worked for Iowa Plains Signing Inc., a traffic control company based in Slater, Iowa, prior to accepting the director position.

Spading said he enjoyed the recreation classes he took in college, and this job seems like a good fit for that interest.

He looks forward to working with Pee Wee football and all the recreation programs he was involved in when he was young, programs led at the time by former Parks and Recreation Director Bill Daily, now city administrator.

“Bill set a great base here,” Spading said. “When I was a little kid, I remember thinking I would really, really enjoy Bill’s job. It came up right when I graduated, so it’s working out perfect.”

Away from the community five years, Spading said he looks forward to getting to know all parents and children. He noted that many on his summer coaching staff were just kids when he was in high school.

Coming in during the height of summer programs, Spading said his short-term goals are to simply fill Formanek’s shoes and to keep things running at their current pace.

“It’s going to be a tough thing to do. I’ve heard nothing but good things about him,” he said of Formanek.

Spading appreciates the excellent training his predecessor provided, as well as everything Formanek did for the community.

He is also thankful for the opportunity the Park Board has given him.

In the future, the new director would like to offer new programs, including advanced strength training for athletes who want to train at the next level. He said the program would be similar to athletic training he received at college. He is also considering future improvements at Wille Park.

Spading said he looks forward to working with the Belle Plaine Community and asks for everyone’s patience as he settles in during the busy summer season.

“Do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns. If you have any ideas for things to promote, I’m the first guy to come talk to. I’ll put things in action.”

Spading’s office is located in City Hall, 1207 Eighth Ave. He can be reached at (319) 444-2200.

UPDATED June 28, 2010 3:41 PM

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