Velma Young Center Rededicated

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Meridian, Miss. Velma Young Center has been closed, but Tuesday opened once again. City officials say children will benefit.

The center has undergone major renovations to its ball fields, swimming pool, and the community center. It was through the efforts of both city and county officials that this was made possible.

They hope it will bring more life to the area.

"This part of town, in my opinion, had been neglected, and I just saw the need to try and regenerate some life in this part of the town," said District 2 supervisor, Wayman Newell.

The city and county believe it was in the best interest of the kids to have this center, to help keep them off the streets and to be a part of the community.

"We have brought back baseball over here at the Velma Young. We have brought back swim initiatives to our pool," said Mayor Percy Bland. "What this mayor wants to do is, I want to build on that, and build a community center right here in the Velma Young area."

Ward 2 councilman, Dustin Markham, said he believes it is a step in the right direction.

"It's a big step in the right direction for Ward 2 and the east end community," said Markham. "Velma Young Center is dear to the heart of many who stay here as well as everyone in the city of Meridian. It has been a staple in the community and this is our way of giving Velma Young a second chance, reviving it."

Officials say the only thing that remains is to beautify the park. They say they hope to have a full renovation by this time next year.

The Young Center is located at 2400 16th Avenue. For more information on using it, you may call the city's parks and recreation department at 601-485-1802.