Pioneer Park Aviary spared with senior center gift

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WALLA WALLA - The Pioneer Park Aviary has been spared the budgetarychopping block another year.

City officials announced today that the board of the Walla Wallasenior center approved giving the Parks and Recreation Department$55,000 to keep the facility operating throughout 2011.

"It means a lot to us from the stand point that the seniors who arehere now were the juniors when the aviary started," Center at the Parkpresident Herschel Fullerton said, noting that many seniors at thecenter helped build the aviary.

Center staff might recoup some of the money through fundraisingefforts, but Fullerton added that there are no strings attached andthe money is a gift outright.

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