"Friends" Raises $50K for Aviary

<p>Pioneer Park Aviary</p>

Pioneer Park Aviary

The "Friends" of Pioneer Park Aviary in Walla Walla raises more than $50,000 dollars to help rebuild the aviary.

City council members voted to impose a six-month moratorium in February on the decommissioning of the aviary, giving the local group time to try and raise enough to rebuild the facility and take over full operation by next year.  

City funding for the enclosed area housing more than 170 birds of different species, has been on the chopping block for more than three years now.

After the council originally voted to cut this years funding three weeks ago, "Friends" and other members of the community rallied together to keep the aviary open.

The city will continue funding the aviary through the end of the year and will check back in six months to make sure fundraising is going as planned.

"Friends" will soon launch its capital pledge campaign and it will be hosting a "Taking Flight at the Aviary" event on Mother's Day weekend with a yard sale, games and food to fundraise.