Christina Taylor Green playground dedicated

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TUCSON, Ariz. -- In Tucson's darkest hour, 9-year-old Christina Taylor Green's life helped bring Tucsonans, arguably a nation, together.

Her life, cut short by tragedy, has inspired thousands.

It could be seen again Saturday with another meaningful project.  A new playground at mesa Verde elementary school named after Christina Taylor Green. Saturday it was buzzing with kids laughter and renewed signs of life.

A little girl's dream fulfilled.

The sound of children playing in the new Christina

Taylor Green Little Hands playground brought smiles to the faces of the Green family.  Even though their little girl wasn't there to see it.

"We know Christina will not be forgotten," said Christina Taylor Green's father, John Green.

The community came together to dedicate the new playground that Christina loved to play on.

It's a playground that hadn't seen improvements in 35 years. Thanks to the All State Foundation and more importantly Christina now it has, and it will forever bear her name.

"As a family we're very proud that our daughter was able to inspire people to somehow work together, to come together to care for others," said Green.

In the touching ceremony people remembered the youngest victim of that tragic morning in Tucson. Her friends remembered her laugh. Her family remembered her smile.  And strangers paid tribute to her incredible spirit.

"We don't just want to remember her for the little girl that was killed on January 8.  What we want is for people to remember what she stood for, what she meant.   And I think that's gonna happen," said Green.

And the little girl who loved butterflies got some sent her way.

The greens say Saturday was definitely emotional, but also the happiest they've been in a long time.

"I know Christina's with us," said John Green.

The playground was designed completely by Christina's former classmates and at the center of the project, they chose to display Christina's last piece of artwork, a butterfly.