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  • Christina-Taylor Green Park to get renovation

    Dec 14, 2015 | Read More News
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    Family and friends of Christina-Taylor GreenChristina-Taylor Green park dedicationFamily and friends of Christina-Taylor Green, the youngest victim of the Jan. 8, 2011, shootings, gathered at the Pima County river park named in her honor Jan. 9 to unveil plans for its renovation.

    Supervisor Ray Carroll served as master of ceremonies for the event, organized by Pima County Natural Resources, Parks & Recreation staff, who are helping the family raise funds for the effort. Christina-Taylor was the youngster killed in the Jan. 8, 2011, shootings that claimed the lives of five others and wounded Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.

    Specifically, the renovations will:
    • Add a central seating plaza with decorative concrete and a statue surrounded by a butterfly garden;
    • Create a botanical trail through native plants identified with botanical signs;
    • Preserve existing trees and include stormwater harvesting design elements
    The family unveiled a memorial sign at a morning ceremony at the park, located along the Canada del Oro River Park at the southwest corner of Shannon and Magee Road. The gathering happened the same day as the “Beyond” events, created to commemorate the anniversary of the Jan. 8 shootings and encourage Arizonans to come together, get outside and be physically active. 

    "We miss her every day," said John Green, Christina-Taylor's father. He thought it was fitting that the renovations will spruce up a park all can enjoy, noting that the first thing Christina-Taylor and brother, Dallas, did when they moved to Tucson was play in their local park.
    “This is meant to be a place where families and children can enjoy the beauty of desert gardens in a park setting that celebrates the spirit of a young girl and her love for butterflies,” Valerie Samoy, special assistant with NRPR, said.  

    The fundraising goal is $85,000. Donations may be made to a "Go Fund Me" campaign  or by check to the Parklands Foundation with CTG in the memo line and mailed to:
    Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation
    3500 W. River Rd
    Tucson, AZ 85741

    All donations are tax-deductible. 

    Click here for concept plans of the park.

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