Mayor Tom Westmoreland: New phase of Cory B. Wride Memorial Park to open in June
Each May, as we observe Peace Officers Memorial Day and Police Week, the remembrance is very poignant in the community of Eagle Mountain as we reflect on the loss of Sgt. Cory Wride of the Utah County Sheriff’s Office, Eagle Mountain Division, who was killed in the line of duty on Jan. 30, 2014.
Following Sgt. Wride’s death, it was important to Eagle Mountain that his sacrifice while protecting our community not be forgotten and that his memory be connected to not only somberness, but joy. That is why the city’s largest regional park, just being developed at the time, was renamed Cory B. Wride Memorial Park.
The first phase of the 65-acre park, a baseball complex, was recently completed, with four baseball diamonds, a concessions building, lights, restrooms, spectator seating and parking.
The new phase will add a great amount of variety in outdoor recreation options in the city. It includes tennis, pickleball, basketball courts, a large interactive splash pad with waterfall, ziplines, a climbing pyramid and other climbing structures, a large festival field and pavilion, a sand play area and a variety of playground structures that include access for those with disabilities. The play spaces will be surrounded by a perimeter fence in response to requests from parents of children with autism and others who have difficulty staying within safe boundaries.
A grand opening event for the new phase of Wride Memorial Park will be held on Saturday, June 30, from noon to 3 p.m., with entertainment, food, and of course all of the fun amenities at the park. The splash pad will be activated as part of the celebration, so come prepared to get wet. The park is located on Pony Express Parkway, south of Frontier Middle School (1427 N. Mid Valley Road).
If you can’t make it to the grand opening event, we hope you will plan a visit sometime this summer to enjoy the park and see all of the exciting new development in Eagle Mountain. A trail system connects to the park so you can explore the natural beauty of the area as well.
Later this month, Eagle Mountain will hold our annual Pony Express Days festival, welcoming summer with traditional events such as a rodeo, bike ride and pancake dinner, family fun night and movie in the park, carnival, 5K (Utah’s fastest, all downhill course), demolition derby, and a musical fireworks display. We invite you to celebrate with us. For details, please visit http://emcity.org/ped.