CLAYTON, MO (KPLR) - St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger signed an order, Tuesday night, officially renaming Clydesdale Park in South County in honor of slain St. Louis County Police Officer Blake Snyder.
"The St. Louis County Park presently known as Clydesdale Park is hereby re-named and hereafter referred to as the Officer Blake C. Snyder Memorial Park" Stenger read at Tuesday's council meeting.
"While it has been a difficult time, it has also been a time when we have seen the very best of St. Louis county residents" Stenger continued.
Residents like south county's Dawn Oppy and Kathy Bosch, who after learning of Officer Snyder's death, started an online petition to have the park re-named in his honor. That petition received more than 6,000 signatures.
"The support from the community was unbelievable" said Bosch.
"It’s amazing" said Oppy. "I’m so grateful to county Executive Stenger for pushing this through so quickly and efficiently. It’s more than we ever hoped it would be" she said.
Stenger says not only was signing the order for Officer Snyder an honor, but presenting that order to Snyder's wife, Elizabeth, was a moment he won't forget.
"I don’t think we can do enough to honor him" said Stenger. "The sacrifice that he made is something that we will not forget and we will not forget his family" he said.
The name change is effective immediately. Stenger says he hopes to have a dedication ceremony after the signage around the park is changed.
"That’s the whole idea that we don’t forget him and we don’t forget what he gave to us" said Bosch.