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  • Youngsters hit Old Tucson for Ted Walker Youth Day

    Jan 22, 2016 | Read More News
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    Ted Walker Day at Old TucsonMore than 3,200 students in grades 4 to 6 got a taste of the Old West with educational presentations and displays set up as part of Ted Walker Youth Day Jan. 28 at Old Tucson Studios.

    Walker was a longtime business leader, philanthropist and Pima County Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation Commission member. 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.  

    Walker founded a Youth Day celebration in 1988 to give local schoolchildren an opportunity to experience Southwestern history and culture. At this year's event, Old Tucson presented western entertainment and educational living history presentations that are aligned with core standards. Previous educational booths included the: Arizona Sonora Desert Museum, Pima County Environmental Education, Buffalo Soldiers, Arizona Game and Fish, Postal History Museum, Pima County Public Library and many more. 

    Richard Elias at Old Tucson“Ted Walker Youth Day gives our children the opportunity to better appreciate Old Tucson and our region’s history and culture,” said Pima County District 5 Supervisor Richard Elías, who addressed the students at a flag-raising ceremony. “Congratulations to our community partners for 26 years of making this learning opportunity a reality.”

    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.

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