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  • City High School students’ artwork to be featured in renovated Christina-Taylor Green Memorial River Park

    Dec 09, 2016 | Read More News
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    Students from Tucson’s City High School gathered at the Christina-Taylor Green Memorial River Park Wednesday, Dec. 14, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. to paint an existing scene which will enhance a featured element at the park bearing her name. Christina-Taylor was the youngest victim of the Jan. 8, 2011, shootings that claimed the lives of five others and wounded Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.

    Student paintersPima County Natural Resources, Parks & Recreation and Pima County Regional Flood Control District have been helping the Green family raise funds for renovations to a Pima County River Park, located along the Cañada del Oro section of The Loop between Thornydale and Magee Roads. The students are helping transform an existing concrete monolith eyesore, originally scheduled for removal, by painting the quail-themed element in the memorial park.

    Adjacent to the students’ mural, handmade tiles by local artist Laurel Inman will also be featured, as well as engraved 18” colored concrete pavers to form a plaza at the monolith’s base. The tiles and pavers are in-process and will acknowledge every person and business who has contributed to the project. Concrete Designs Inc. is contributing the pavers, and It’s A Blast Gallery will engrave them.

    The concrete monolith the students are painting is part of a series of renovations to the park that will emphasize a butterfly theme because they were a favorite of Christina-Taylor. CAID Industries, a local fabricator of massive metal works, is contributing a 6’-wingspan steel butterfly, created in the image of Christina-Taylor’s personal artwork. The park will also have gardens with native plants chosen to attract butterflies, hummingbirds and songbirds. CAID is also providing five steel benches laser cut with desert southwest flora and fauna designs to reflect these garden themes.

    Officials hope to break ground on the park renovations in January with Durazo Construction and are seeking an additional $5,000 toward the fundraising goal. Donations may be made through a GO FUND ME account 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. 

    More than 70 individuals or businesses have already embraced this community project by contributing services, materials or cash. Every future contribution will also be acknowledged if received by Feb. 1. Albertsons/Safeway and the Pascua Yaqui tribe have been key partners in the fundraising effort. Other business partners are:

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