The fate of the Thompson Park Zoo Aviary will become more clear Monday evening as City Council and the Zoo's board members gather in the park to discuss revised plans to replace the structure with an events pavillion and make overdue improvements to the adjacent children's zoo.
Plans to make the aviary into a learning center collapsed as cost estimates escalated, so the reboot was quietly negotiated and hopefully Council and the Zoo will agree on a design for the replacement structure which will fall within the originally budgeted amount for fixing up the tired and largely unused exhibit.
Behind the scenes talks on the issue seem to have resulted in a consensus. Candidly alot of time (and yes money) has been spent in the back and forth on what to do, but sometimes the conflict and debate is what makes for the ultimate compromise everyone can support. Let' hope that's what has happened here.