Pioneer Park Aviary may get renovation

On Monday, the department will present a plan to repair and improve the facility.

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Wild birds, along with one domestic goose hen, flock to Joanna Lanning, aviary caretaker, at meal time.

WALLA WALLA - The Pioneer Park Aviary could get a $850,000 renovation, due in part to the enormous support the public has shown this year in fundraising efforts.

To date, approximately $70,000 of the $110,000 has been raised to keep the aviary running through 2012.

On Monday, the Parks and Recreation Department will present a plan to repair and improve the facility that was once slated for closure.

"If we are going to continue to operate the aviary, we have to have a plan to repair the structure and to repair the facility that has never worked," Parks and Recreation Director Jim Dumont said.

Dumont said that in addition to the structural problems with the design of the netting, which tends to break under heavy snow or high winds, the structure is also incapable of keeping out predators, like raccoons.

"Our problems that we are having with predators are directly related to the problem at the aviary, the structural problem," Dumont said.

On Monday, Dumont will present the $850,000 improvement plant at a City Council work session at 4 p.m. at City Hall, 15. N. Third Ave.

The meeting is open to the public, and comments from the public will most likely be taken.

Then at 7 p.m. on Monday night, Dumont will present the plan again at the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meeting, at the City Service Center, 55 Moore Street. That meeting is also open to the public.

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