Depot District renovations something to celebrate in Bay St. Louis

BAY ST. LOUIS, MS (WLOX) - By Al Showers – bio | email

BAY ST LOUIS, MS (WLOX) - Bay St. Louis will show off its Katrina recovery efforts in the city's historic Depot District during a 5th anniversary community celebration Sunday.

The depot grounds have under gone a major post-Katrina face-lift. A new duck pond on the east side of the depot grounds is one of the most noticeable additions to the area.

"All the people who want to come out here and picnic and lounge in the shade of the oak trees and palm trees," invited Bay St. Louis Mayor Les Fillingame. "The ducks are coming this weekend. I think somebody has already stocked it with fish. It's going to be a beautiful place for people to just come and hang-out for a little while. "

As part of the city's streetscape project, visitors will find lush landscaping, sidewalks and antique lighting. There are also some unique sculptures created by local artists.

"This will probably be the park that will facilitate all of our outdoor cultural events festival type activities," Fillingame explained.

The mayor said to expect even more activity when the depot renovation is complete. Across the street, a new community center is going up and the new Bay St. Louis Little Theatre is near completion.

"We're creating a whole synergy in the entire area. In the Depot District, I can only see it's going to be a real hub of activity for the entire community," said Cheryl Grace, President of the Bay St. Louis Little Theatre.

Depot District business owner LindaLou Nelson-White agrees.

"It's always been our vision here in the Depot District that this would be the cultural, the dining, and the entertainment district of Bay St. Louis. And I think we're really accomplishing that," Nelson-White said.

The city's fifth anniversary community celebration on the depot grounds is Sunday from 3pm until 8pm.

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