Elmwood Park was still a busy construction site on Friday morning.
Workers were putting the finishing touches on a project delayed by summer rain.
Todd Morgan is President of MB Contractors. "We've been joking around the office and saying that we should have built an arc instead of a park, because we've lost 40 plus days due to weather."
But with workers attending to last-minute details, and a thorough cleaning, city leaders say the new Elmwood will be ready for its close-up.
Water figures prominently in the redesign, with synchronized fountains on the tree-lined walkway from Franklin Road.
Landscape Architect David Hill said Roanokers made it clear they wanted Elmwood to remain a park. "And so a lot of the areas you'll see grassy areas, places to throw the Frisbee. And it's a park for every day. Since this is our central park in Roanoke we also want it to work well for special events."
The new amphitheater is impressive, with a professional stage and terraced seating for 2000.
Phil Schirmer is Roanoke City Engineer. "It was designed for flexibility, so that we can handle festivals. We can handle big performances, smaller performances," Schirmer told us. "And better yet if you're downtown and you want to come down and have your lunch, it's a great place to come."
The ribbon cutting is set for 1:30 Saturday afternoon.
The celebration will also include performances by the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra, the Southwest Virginia Ballet, Randolph Walker and Larnell Starkey and the Spiritual Seven.
Admission is free.