State Funds Come To Lynn Meadows

Lynn Meadows is bouncing back from Hurricane Katrina and they are getting some state funds to help.

Tuesday,  the discovery center announced that the Mississippi Legislature awarded them a $1 million matching grant. The announcement was made at a ribbon cutting ceremony for the newly remodeled pavilion. Leaders say the new building is key for the community because it will serve several purposes.

"It is going to be used for classroom space, camp space and practice for our WINGS performing arts program and also for birthday parties," says Brandi Schwartz with Lynn Meadows Discovery Center.

She says that the money will also be used to renovate the gym for WINGS Performing Arts Center for Youth.

Leaders with Lynn Meadows credits Senator Billy Hewes for spearheading the effort.

"They do a great job with the monies raised whether it's public funds or private funds. There is always something going on here. It's a great place to be. It's a jewel in our crown," says Hewes.

The funds stipulate a dollar-for-dollar match.

Leaders say the new pavilion is now open to the public.