Urbandale, Iowa, names trail for Bob Layton

06/25/2014 5:53 PM

06/25/2014 5:53 PM

WICHITA — Before he left his position as city manager of Urbandale, Iowa, to take that role in Wichita, Bob Layton learned the city planned to honor him by naming a trail after him.

The irony, not to mention "the funny part of the story," he says, is that he cut that project out of a capital improvement program right before he left.

So instead, he says, city officials said "that they're going to name this trail some day in the future after me."

Saturday is that day.

Layton, an avid runner, will attend the dedication of the one-mile trail through a park.

"We felt it was appropriate to name the trail after him because it represents one of his passions and because he himself helped to develop the master plan for this park," Urbandale Parks and Recreation Director Jan Herke told the Des Moines Register.

These days, one of Layton's favorite running areas is through College Hill, where he often runs with friends.

So is that where he might like something named for him one day? Has he given it any thought?

"Probably some on-street bike trail or something, I don't know," Layton says.

He does know, though, that he'd prefer for it not to be anytime soon.

Why not?

"To have something named after you in Wichita, you would need to be deceased."

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