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80th Anniversary Featured Story

In honor of our 80th Anniversary this year, we have asked the community to think back and share their favorite memory of Tracy Aviary. The first story we are sharing comes from someone who we are lucky to call a friend and co-worker; Matthew, Director of Horticulture and Facilities at Tracy Aviary. 

Young Matthew visiting his dad at work.

Young Matthew visiting his dad at work.

"I grew up in Salt Lake City. The family business was Metal Salvage Inc., a junk yard located on the property that is now the Trax stop at 1300 South. Those train tracks that now haul people used to haul metal to and from the salvage yard. My siblings and I would sometimes spend the day helping out, exploring and building things from rusting scrap metal. One of my favorite parts about visiting my Dad at work was the walk up 1300 South to Tracy Aviary where we would eat our sack lunch. 

Our favorite spot was the Dabbling Duck Pond. I remember the watching the black swans and lots of other exotic birds that were amazing to me. It was a reminder that there was a big world outside of Salt Lake. One of my fondest memories is exploring the rounded rocks that make up the pathway around that pond. Those rocks have been polished by millions of tiny feet (including mine) over the past 80 years. When I look back on all of my afternoons spent at Tracy Aviary, I mostly just remember the feeling of comfort in the space. It was a natural space full of peace and it was a great way to grow up. I am proud to be helping make the Aviary a space that can continue to be used as a peaceful respite and place of learning for the next generation." 

Thank you for sharing, Matthew! Have a story of your own to share? Submit it to info@tracyaviary.org and it may be featured! 

 Here, Matthew is pictured with one of his daughters. They are now creating their own memories at Tracy Aviary! 

 Here, Matthew is pictured with one of his daughters. They are now creating their own memories at Tracy Aviary! 

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