We’re on the verge of having our Pioneer Park Aviary closed forever. The birds will be sold and rehomed. The enclosures will be removed. A unique piece of our community will be lost.
Do you realize how rare it is to have a free-of-charge public aviary? To my knowledge, there are only about five aviaries such ours in the lower 48 states. Is that something we want to give up? I don’t think you want to give it up. I know I don’t.
So what do we do now? How do we keep it?
I will tell you how to keep this community gem. Purchase a friendship by visiting friendsofpioneerparkaviary.com/friendships/.
How does this help the Aviary? There is the obvious benefit, money, but more than that Friends of Pioneer Park Aviary need to be able to prove to the city there is a substantial number of people in the community committed to funding our Aviary on a monthly/yearly basis.
Our Aviary needs to be sustained and FoPPA has be able to prove to City Council it can be. When I explain to people why FoPPA needs friendships they almost always ask about our fundraisers.
Fundraisers are great! The community gets involved but it involves countless hours of work for FoPPA and volunteers they are able to recruit. Theses are hours we spend away from our families, and friends, we use our vacation time, we pay out of pocket for day care. This is not sustainable and it is exhausting for anyone to continue to do this type of work on a long-term, consistent basis. I urge you, work this into your budget.
If you are able to go to Starbucks twice a month, or out to lunch once a month, you can afford to contribute $10 a month to the Pioneer Park Aviary. If you want to keep our Aviary, be part of our solution.
This is a community problem and it is going to take the community to fix it. FoPPA has provided a solution, but it needs everyone’s help to make it a success. FoPPA cannot, nor should the community, expect it to do this on its own.