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August 28, 2007

Albany--This weekend, the city of Albany is going to the birds. Well, sort of. On Saturday the Parks at Chehaw will kick off its annual Birds of Prey event. The event is expected to attract visitors from all over south Georgia and generate plenty of revenue for the facility.

In the future the park hopes to use some of the funds generated from fundraisers, like the Birds of Prey exhibit, to build more picnic shelters, more bathrooms, and food stands.

This Labor Day weekend, folks will have an opportunity to get up close and personal with birds like the great horned owl, hawks, and some falcons.  Dale Arrowood, an expert bird trainer, will host the event at the park.

The park holds at least one fundraising event a month. In total, those fundraisers generate approximately $80,000 to $100,000 in revenue a year for the park.

The facility has been around for sixty years, and some of the money from yearly events will be used for park repairs.

"Some of our infrastructure is aging. The last couple of weeks, we've been fighting a few water line breaks, so our maintenance staff is out digging up water lines and trying to replace them. Of course, electrical problems come up from time to time. Some of it has to do with keeping our infrastructure going out here so people can come out and enjoy the park facility," says park director, Doug Porter.

If you are interested in this weekend's bird exhibit, the event will run from Saturday, September 1st through Monday, September 3rd. Event times start at 11 AM, 1 Pm, and 3 PM. For ticket information, you can call the park at 430-5275.

One of the biggest and most popular fundraising events at the park is probably the Native American Festival held every third week in November.  Another popular event at the park is the BMX games held during the last weekend in October.

The city of Albany currently gives the park one million dollars a year to operate.

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