Katrina damaged skating rink getting new life

WAVELAND, MS (WLOX) - The old Twin Pines Skating Rink in Waveland that closed down after being heavily damaged by Hurricane Katrina will soon get new life.

A New York developer recently purchased the building and is now in the process of renovating it. The building is being transformed into a multi -purpose entertainment venue.

Richard Paterson is about to make a dream come true by transforming a place where generations of residents had roller skated into family entertainment of a different kind.

"I wanted to create a space where people could come in and enjoy music and be inspired by music. This building is pretty much a raw space now, so I'm going to make it into two different sections. Like a coffee shop, maybe in the style of a Greenwich Village Coffee house with a small music area, and in the back it's going to be like a theater," explained Paterson.

The theater will open the doors to concerts, comedy acts, poetry readings and puppet shows.

"To inspire kids to focus more on the creative energies and less on playing video games and watching TV," said Paterson.

He says he will create a warehouse atmosphere inside the 12,000 square foot building by using shipping containers.

"I've used shipping containers as the structures. I'm going to have a small bakery so we can make nice pastries, cakes," said Paterson.

Outside of the building, a stage will transform this vacant lot into a place where large concerts and festivals can be held.

The first phase of what will be called Paterson's Entertainment Hall is expected to be ready to open in June of this year.

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