The wait is over.

The wait is over.

Just in time for spring break, the new skate park in Canal Winchester opened late last week.

The best part?

"Smooth concrete," said Fred Demkowicz, a Canal Winchester High School student who was among those who lobbied the village for a skate park more than a year ago. "We're stoked that we got it. It's pretty gnarly."

"I think it's sweet," Canal Winchester resident Justin Rysz said.

The skate park is located in front of Hanners Park, 590 Groveport Road.

Dozens flocked to the site last Friday when it opened. Some came early to help prepare the skate park before its opening. Demkowicz said he and others helped sweep dirt off the concrete and other tasks.

Several people using the skate park said it was smaller than they thought it would be, but were quick to add that they really liked it.

Dakota Mullins, of Pickerington, said the skate park is a place for kids to come to without getting hassled.

"I think it's cool," said Mullins, who works at the Rebels and Rogues Skate Shop. "It's definitely fun."

Debbie Dickson, of Canal Winchester, visited the skate park with her 12-year-old son, Matt, She said he usually skates at home and in the downtown area.

"We've been waiting for this," Dickson said. "It gives them someplace to skate."

James Kee, owner of the Rebels and Rogues Skate Shop, said he thinks the park will attract people from all over and will help boost the local economy.

"It's all concrete," Kee said of the skate park. "It's built very, very well. Who Skates built it and they did an awesome job."

Kee said it's been a bit quieter on the streets of downtown Canal Winchester since the park opened.

"I don't hear any skateboarders on the street," Kee said. "They're all down there now."

The nearly 4,000-square-foot skate park includes a quarter pipe, a handrail and a Barcelona ledge, according to a village news release. The village worked with local skaters to create the facility.

Final costs for the skate park weren't available last week, but are expected to be less than the $100,000 budgeted for the project, according to Matt Peoples, director of public works for Canal Winchester.

A landscaping diagram for the park was designed by Gary Bumpus, chair of the Street Tree Advisory Board. Other businesses provided in-kind donations for the park, including Seals Excavating, Busey Road Aggregates, Sunbelt Rentals, DS Builders, Kellar Construction, Home Depot and Kurtz Brothers.

The skate park is open from dawn to dusk. A list of rules is posted at the park.