Thirteen figurative birds have been taken down from the poles at the ACA Memorial Park in Binghamton.

The site at Front and Clinton streets is a short distance from the American Civic Association building where 13 people were shot to death in April 2009.

The ACA Memorial Park on July 18, 2013. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

Project coordinator David Marsland said a "structural failure" recently was discovered with one of the glass birds at the memorial. After an inspection revealed another damaged bird, a decision was made to remove all of them so they all could be examined.

Marsland, whose wife was one of those killed in the mass shooting nearly a decade ago, had hoped all of the memorial's birds would be back in place by now.

But they'll be gone for awhile longer while steps are taken to try to prevent future weather-related damage.

Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News (file)

Marsland has launched an effort to establish a permanent trust fund to help offset the cost of park maintenance and repairs. Donations to the campaign may be made online.

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