PANAMA CITY BEACH - The new Miracle Strip at Pier Park is officially open after its grand opening ceremony Saturday. There are new rides, new food and a new location.
The owners say there is still a long road ahead before it is fully complete.
Saturday afternoon, dozens gathered for the big reveal of the new Miracle Strip park on Powell Adams Road. Panama City Beach Mayor Gayle Oberst and the park's owners gave a welcome speech before opening the gates to the public.
"It's reminiscent of what we saw in the 60's and the 70's on the beach," said Oberst.
"We are so excited to have this here, I have little children so we've been waiting for it to reopen," said Jennifer Powell, a Panama City Beach resident.
The park relocated because of limitations and owners say they needed more land. The new 14 acre park features 20 rides.
The park's owners are planning to bring back the Starliner roller coaster from the old miracle strip amusement park.
"We got still a lot to do, but our rides are open and we want everyone to come out and enjoy them and watch the progress as we keep adding and making the park a better place," said Jenny Meeks, one of the owners.
Crews began working on the park in December and owners have filled several job positions since then. Owners are thrilled with the amount of supporters that came out.
"It has been a very trying process and we are thrilled to be at this point to see kids smiling and having a good time to enjoy it," said Meeks.
The park is open 7 days a week and entrance is free for the public. You do have to pay to get on the rides.