The wait is finally over.
Elmwood Park is officially back open.
The multi-million dollar project was years in the making, but community leaders say the end result and the progress it represents for the downtown area are well worth the wait.
Seconds after taking the stage Roanoke City's Director of Parks and Recreation dedicates the new and improved Elmwood Park to musicians, neighbors, customers and everyone in between.
The supporters are the first to fill up the new seating area as city council members cut the ribbon on the amphitheater stage.
The message – "welcome back."
"This is a great place for all the festivals that go on here, the Strawberry Festival, Peach Festival. We celebrate every fruit and vegetable in Western Virginia and we're going to do it right here in Elmwood Park," explained Roanoke City Mayor, David Bowers.
The mayor says city leader love the history and traditions of Roanoke, but being progressive is just as important for growth, especially since the park is so close to downtown and it's businesses.
"What we've seen and what we've noticed in the past is that great green spaces create a desire for people to build great commercial spaces," explained Steve Buschor, Director of Parks and Recreation.
With a new sound system allowing for more musical acts to take the stage and notes to fill the air, hopefully, promoters can start booking the stage.
A little work is left with this summer's rain slowing up construction.
However, the mayor says the amphitheater may not have finished on time it did come in under budget.
"People have told me today they think it's awesome, they think it's gorgeous, they think it's thumbs up Mr. Mayor," Bowers said.
Buschor says 3,000 comments and suggestions from the community went into project, so it was a real collaborative effort.