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Posted: Wednesday, February 23, 2011 6:00 am

Pima County plans to rename a park and trailhead after two victims of the Jan. 8 shooting that claimed six lives and left U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords hospitalized.

The Pima County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously on Feb. 15 to rename Cañada del Oro Linear Park the Cañada del Oro Christina-Taylor Green Memorial River Park, in honor of the 9-year old who died during last month’s shootings.

A new trailhead in Davidson Canyon in honor of Gabe Zimmerman, a staffer on Giffords congressional office, who also died in the shooting incident.

The yet-to-be built trailhead southeast of Tucson will be called the Davidson Canyon Gabe Zimmerman Memorial Trailhead.

“Especially for Christina-Taylor Green, nothing could be better,” Supervisor Richard Elías said. “It’s appropriate to remember her that way.”

The section of park that runs along the Cañada del Oro from Thornydale to Magee roads would be named in honor of Green, who family and friends have said was an athletic girl and played baseball with Canyon del Oro Little League.

Officials in Oro Valley have begun a process to rename a baseball field after Green as well.

The town’s Parks and Recreation Advisory Board on Feb. 15 unanimously approved the renaming of the field in James D. Kriegh Park where the league plays home games.

The proposal goes before the Oro Valley Town Council on March 2.

In a letter to Oro Valley Mayor Satish Hiremath, Green’s parents, John and Roxanna Green, said they would be honored if the town named the field after their late daughter.

“This would be a fitting legacy because of both her love of baseball and James Kriegh Park. This is where we have spent much of our family time over the last several years and look forward to continuing the tradition in the future,” the Greens wrote.

The league plans to conduct a renaming ceremony at opening day on April 1.

The Arizona Trail Association asked the county to name the trailhead in honor of Zimmerman, who also was a member of its organization.

Green and Zimmerman were killed when a gunman opened fire at a group of people attending a political event hosted by Congresswoman Giffords at the Safeway grocery store at Ina and Oracle roads. A total of six people were killed and 13 others wounded. 

The suspected gunman, 22-year-old Jared Loughner, was arrested and charged in federal court with murder. 

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