Santa Paula Times

Grand Re-Opening held for Steckel Park Aviary

September 11, 2013
Santa Paula News

By Brian D. Wilson

Santa Paula Times

Ventura County Supervisor Kathy Long joined Santa Paula Mayor Ralph Fernandez Saturday to celebrate the Steckel Park Aviary Grand Re-Opening with a ribbon cutting.

Long said, “I’m so happy to join Mayor Ralph Fernandez. There were 4,400 hours of volunteer time put in to the restoration project. It was accomplished under the leadership of Ralph and the Friends of the Aviary.”

Fernandez said over 250 people donated cash for the work and several companies stepped forward to donate materials.

Steckel Park Aviary was closed in the Fall of 2011 following an inspection by Ventura County Animal Services determining the aviary was structurally unsound, corrosive and rusting; exposing the birds to an unsanitary and unsafe environment. Collaborative efforts of Save The Steckel Park Aviary, volunteers, and the County led to a successful rehabilitation of the Aviary with the 50 birds returning to their home.

“The history, stories and connections shared about Steckel Park Aviary reached far beyond the borders of Santa Paula,” said Supervisor Long, “thanks to the dedicated efforts of Save the Steckel Park Aviary, the sounds of birds who are home, will once again fill the park to the delight of visitors of all ages.” 

The 6,800 sq. ft. rehabilitation project included replacing steel mesh, chain link fence, sanding and painting the steel frame, repairing the roof, replacing the wood rail fence, improving the parking lot, adding new sidewalks as well as a picnic table, and enhancing landscape. The total cost was approximately $182,000.