Todd Espeland, 49, was recently hired as the new parks superintendent for the Forest City Parks and Recreation Department.
Forest City is home to Espeland, who graduated from the recreation program at Winona State University.
“I became interested in the recreation field while I was a lifeguard at the old Forest City Swimming Pool,” Espeland said.
Espeland had also previously worked at the Forest City Community Schools.
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He said he enjoys how all the superintendents and staff from other departments are willing to help out whenever they’re needed.
“I love being outside and Parks and Recreation is originally the field of work I wanted to do, so I was very fortunate when I saw the position advertised,” he said.
Espeland said he looks forward to continuing the enhancement and development of Forest City’s parks.
“This past winter was tough on our parks, so right now I am working to get all the parks ready for summer enjoyment,” he said. “I am also involved with the Forest City Community Visioning projects, such as expanding our bike and river trail systems, development of a dog park and improvement of the Pammel Park campground, to name a few.”