City Council Agrees to Fund Moratorium Through End of the Year

<p>Pioneer Park Aviary</p>

Pioneer Park Aviary

More than 60 supporters of the Walla Walla Pioneer Park Aviary attend a city council meeting last night to hear the fate of the aviary.

Council members voted unanimously to impose a six month moratorium on the decommissioning of the aviary, giving a local group time to try and raise enough capital dollars 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 voted to cut this years funding two weeks ago, a local organization called Friends of Pioneer Park Aviary 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 with Friends in six months to make sure fundraising is going as planned.