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  • Pima County Board of Supervisors honors Ted Walker; Youth Day set for Jan. 29

    Jan 20, 2015 | Read More News
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    At its Jan. 20 meeting, the Pima County Board of Supervisors proclaimed Jan. 29 as Ted Walker Youth Day in honor of the longtime business leader, philanthropist and Pima County Parks and Recreation Commission member.

    Walker founded a Youth Day celebration in 1988 to give local schoolchildren an opportunity to experience Southwestern history and culture. The 25th anniversary of Youth Day, which was renamed Ted Walker Youth Day after his death in 1993, will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, at Old Tucson Studios, 201 S. Kinney Road. More than 3,200 students in grades 4 to 6 are expected at the event, which will include a special flag raising ceremony at 11 a.m. at the north end set of Old Tucson.
    Walker was instrumental in the expansion of the county’s park system from 1953 to 1973. The Pima County Board of Supervisors renamed Ina Road Park in Walker’s honor in 1979 for his contributions to the development and expansion of the park system. 

    At Ted Walker Youth Day, Old Tucson will present western entertainment and educational living history presentations throughout the day covering topics like Schools on the Frontier, History of the Stagecoach and The American Cowboy. The event, which also features educational exhibits by more than 20 local organizations including the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum, Pima County Public Library, Pima Air & Space Museum, and the Postal History Museum, is designed to provide a fun-filled day of activity and education to local area schoolchildren who might not otherwise have this opportunity.

    Ted Walker Youth Day is sponsored by Pima County Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation in partnership with Old Tucson Studios, Pima County Parklands Foundation, Dan Felix Memorial Fund and Horse Tales Literacy Program.