After more than a year and $500,000 in the making, the new Long Family Memorial Skate Park celebrated its grand opening Saturday.
Between the freshly polished wood, the slick half pipes and rails, and the 11,000 square feet of skating surface, local skaters say it's hard not to fall in love with the new Long Family Memorial Skate Park.
"I love the new park," said skater Zach Huff. "It's better than all the other parks in town because it's got better stuff and better ramps."
Though the park has been open to the public for a little over a month, county officials kicked off it's official grand opening with a bang -- and some big air.
Local bikers and skaters got the chance to show their skills during a grand opening competition. They say the new park is unlike anything they've ever seen in the Grand Valley.
"It's got more of a street feel to it," said BMX rider Garrett Robstron. "It's really smooth and just a lot of fun."
"It's all wood and I like how it's laid out," said skater Jake McCoy. "I like that it has a big stair set."
And with anywhere from 50 to 100 kids using the park at any given time, they say it's not just the shiny new ramps that keep them coming back.
"I know all the people here too," said McCoy. "They're all really friendly."
And it's not just the skaters' eyes that are lighting up. Parents say they're just as stoked about the new park.
"It's a really nice facility and I'm glad they finally opened one up on this side of town," said Cindie McCoy.
Cindie McCoy says since the park first opened, she doesn't get to see her kids as much.
"Not unless they have homework," said Cindie McCoy. "Then they're off to the skate park."
Proof, county officials say, that the half a million dollar project was and will be more than worth it. They say public funds and money from community members and Great Outdoors Colorado were used to build the new park.