COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho -

Renovations at McEuen Park in Coeur d'Alene are nearly complete and the east end of the park opened Friday after many months of work.

The park has been in the works for several years and local residents are excited to finally see it open, among them 200 kids from Sorenson Elementary School, who came down to enjoy the opening.

Coeur d'Alene Mayor Steve Widmyer said the $14.8 park didn't come without some controversy but he is happy part of it is finally open.

“I think a lot of the people are going to see the McEuen Park is a wonderful place, it's going to be a wonderful place for our community to enjoy as well as everyone in the region to come and enjoy as well,” he said.

Widmyer said the rest of the park will officially open on May 24 with a ceremony at 11 a.m.