Park dedicated for Tucson shooting's youngest victim

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TUCSON, Ariz. -- A local park is now marked with the memory of 9-year-old Christina-Taylor Green.

The newest portion of the Cañada Del Oro River Park now bears the name of the youngest victim of the January 8 shootings.

"Christina showed us how to come together as a community," said John Green while addressing a small crowd at the park dedication.

John Green says the park is the perfect way to remember 9-year-old Christina.

"We drove by today just as we were running errands and you know tears welled up in our eyes. That's going to be with us for a while," said John Green.

Monday, county officials dubbed a neighborhood park  the Cañada Del Oro Christina-Taylor Green Memorial River Park.

"We knew that she and Dallas had played here quite often, it was close by," said Ben Tuchi from the Tucson National Estates Improvements Association.

Neighbor Ben Tuchi and other residents came up with the idea and approached the county.

"For such a sad tragedy, it brought a lot of us closer together," said resident Kelly Loeb.

The portion of the river park project with Green's memorial park is "phase two."  A site of new activity and beauty, some say, mirrors a second phase for Christina.

"As her unique life story continues to touch the hearts and lives of so many in our community," said Ann Day from the Pima County Board of Supervisors, District 1.

Monday's ceremony included patriotic songs for a girl who loved government.

A celebration, John Green says, helping his family move forward.

After the ribbon cutting visitors sent dozens of balloons soaring to the heavens.  John Green believes his daughter looks down on her neighbors, and the park, with pride.

The river park runs along the Cañada Del Oro wash and now offers continuous access from Thornydale Road to La Cholla Boulevard.