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Posted: Friday, September 23, 2011 7:43 am | Updated: 1:27 pm, Fri Sep 23, 2011.

The family and classmates of Christina-Taylor Green will gather tomorrow morning to dedicate a play area in her name.

The ribbon to the new Christina-Taylor Green Little Hands Playground will be cut at 9 a.m. Saturday at Mesa Verde Elementary School, 1661 W. Sage St., in Tucson. The event is intended for people who are close to the family.

In August, The Allstate Foundation announced plans to replace the 35-year-old play equipment at school that the 8-year-old attended before being killed during the Jan. 8 assassination attempt of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

Green's teachers and community came together to build the new Christina-Taylor Green Little Hands Playground on Sept. 17.

"Christina always looked after her classmates and the people she loved," said Roxanna Green, Christina's mother. "The playground will provide a fun and safe place for Mesa Verde students and residents to play for years to come - something Christina would have loved for our community."

The Christina-Taylor Green Little Hands Playground is the result of a $140,000 donation from The Allstate Foundation to The Injury Free Coalition for Kids at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health.

The Allstate Foundation has built more than 40 playgrounds nationwide with Injury Free; this will be the first in Arizona.

Mesa Verde Principal Foster Hepler said the school prides itself on the health and wellness of its students and a new playground was the school's long-time wish.

"It's an opportunity for our school to honor the memory of our dear friend, Christina, while providing an outlet for our students to become physically and mentally fit," he said.

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