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  • Celebration marking improvements to Christina-Taylor Green Memorial River Park set for Sunday, April 2

    Mar 23, 2017 | Read More News
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    Pima County officials and family members of Christina-Taylor Green will celebrate improvements to the park bearing her name at a ribbon-cutting ceremony Sunday, April 2, at 1 p.m. Christina-Taylor was the youngest victim of the Jan. 8, 2011, shootings that claimed the lives of five others and wounded Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.

    CTG Park sculpturePima County Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation and Pima County Regional Flood Control District have been helping the Green family raise funds for renovations to the Pima County River Park, located along the Cañada del Oro section of The Loop between Thornydale and Magee Roads. Those renovations include adding a central seating plaza, children’s statue, a butterfly garden and botanical trail.

    John Green, Christina-Taylor’s father, and County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry will be speaking.

    The park’s transformation has been “a true community effort,” said Valerie Samoy, NRPR senior special staff assistant. 

    Another important feature of the park is an existing concrete vertical monument with a quail design created by Denver artist Barbara McKee. Scheduled for removal, the monument is now a feature with beautiful art and surrounding pavers. 

    City High School students helped paint the existing quail mural, and local artist Laurel Inman created beautiful hand-made tiles and murals to honor the greatest contributions. It’s A Blast etched the 18” colored concrete pavers, donated by Concrete Designs Inc., which form a plaza at the vertical monument’s base. The tiles and pavers acknowledge each person and business who contributed to the project. Perched at the top of the wall is a six-foot wingspan steel butterfly, created in the image of Christina-Taylor’s personal artwork.

    The renovations to the park celebrate a butterfly theme because they were a favorite of Christina-Taylor. CAID Industries, a local fabricator of massive metal works, contributed the butterfly.  The park also has gardens with native plants chosen to attract butterflies, hummingbirds and songbirds. CAID also provided five steel benches plasma cut with desert southwest flora and fauna designs to reflect the garden themes.

    Durazo Construction led the renovation. More than 200 individuals or businesses also contributed services, materials or cash. Albertsons/Safeway and the Pascua Yaqui tribe were key partners in the fundraising effort, which raised more than $109,000. Other business partners were:

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