LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Seven years and $75,000 after the project began, extreme sport enthusiasts now have a place to practice their skills.

The ribbon was officially cut at the Hillview Skate Park in Bullitt County. One-by-one boarders and bikers made their way down ramps, testing out tricks for the first time at the new park.

“I like the adrenaline rush of actually jumping and flying,” said BMX biker Matthew Thomas.

The project idea began when Thomas wrote a paper in school about a change he'd like to see in the community. That change was a skate park.

“We were riding on the road and we always got honked at and we were jumping at businesses and everything and they told us to go away and called the cops on us and we wanted something so we could do it legally,” said Thomas.

He brought that idea to city hall when he was in 5th grade. After years of planning, the park has finally become a reality. Mayor Jim Eadens says no taxpayer dollars were spent on the park.

“It's all been raised. Every Thursday night we have a bluegrass show up here, we have fish fries, and take the donations from that,” said Eadens

Thanks to those donations and the construction of rails, quarter pipes, and pyramids, the hope is that the entire city will no longer have to serve as a playground.

“I think that this would definitely curb the loitering and the kids hanging out at churches and the shopping center,” said Hillview Police Officer, Scott Barrow.

Parents are just as thrilled and see this as a safer option for their children.

“Actually I'm surprised at the turnout today. I thought there would be a lot of kids, I didn't realize there would be this many adults. So obviously, it's something that the parents are excited about too,” said Hillview Recreation Director, Terry Bohannon.

The skate park is open Sunday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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