After Sgt. Cory Wride was killed in the line of duty in 2014, Eagle Mountain city officials wanted to honor his legacy.

Wride, a sergeant with the Eagle Mountain division of the Utah County Sheriff’s Office, was shot and killed during a traffic stop outside Eagle Mountain 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,” said Mayor Tom Westmoreland in a 2018 Daily Herald column.

The park was named the Cory Wride Memorial Park in 2015 in honor of Wride and was built to be a central gathering place for the families of the growing town.

Situated on Pony Express Parkway near the center of the town, it is connected to the city bike and trail systems as well.

"What I think makes it unique is the sense of community that it has provided," said Brad Hickman, parks and recreation director in Eagle Mountain. "It has become a gathering place for many to enjoy all throughout the season with recreational opportunities."

The park has many unique attributes that make it a fitting tribute to Wride’s memory, and a fun place for families and kids of all ages.

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