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City Council Votes to Close Aviary, Plans for Future

Lane Barton

February 27, 2014

The Pioneer Park Aviary, which has teemed with a wide variety of avian wildlife for years, may soon find its enclosures empty after Walla Walla City Council voted to close it two weeks ago. A motion to begin the planning phase of closing the aviary, which has been the subject of closure talks since ...

Supporters Remain Determined to Keep Aviary Open

Supporters Remain Determined to Keep Aviary Open

Anna Zheng

February 27, 2014

With the possibility of the Pioneer Park Aviary closing in the coming year due to lack of funds, its longtime volunteers and supporters remain adamant that it should stay in operation. Since the 1940s, animals have been a part of Pioneer Park. By 1982, the Walla Walla Valley Lioness Club had fundr...

Aviary Saved: Concerned Citizens Plan for Future

Several recent Walla Walla City Council meetings have included discussions about the city's biennial budget.  Photo by Halley McCormick.

Emily Lin-Jones

December 6, 2012

Thanks to the concentrated efforts of a group of citizen volunteers, the Pioneer Park Aviary will be preserved for the time being––and, if fundraising goes according to plan, for years into the future. At the final public budget hearing on Wednesday, Dec. 5, Walla Walla's city council tentatively approved a revenue-neutral budget item presented by the Fri...

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