Tucson Sentinel 1.2.12 – Zimmerman trailhead to be dedicated

Zimmerman trailhead to be dedicated

Renamed hiking area honors slain Giffords’ aide

Posted Jan 2, 2012, 12:53 pm

Janet Rose Jackman TucsonSentinel.com

The Gabe Zimmerman Davidson Canyon Trailhead will be dedicated Wednesday in honor of the 30-year-old aide to Rep. Gabrielle Giffords who was killed in the Jan. 8 attacks.

The ceremony will be at 2 p.m. at the former Davidson Canyon Trailhead site north of Interstate 10 on Marsh Road, a Pima County spokeswoman said.

Zimmerman was killed Jan. 8 when Jared Loughner allegedly opened fire during Giffords’ “Congress On Your Corner” event in Northwest Tucson.

Five others were killed and 13 people were wounded, including Giffords and two other members of her staff.

The Tucson native was an avid hiker who helped to get the National Scenic Trail designation for the Arizona Trail, an 817-mile path from Mexico to Utah that was completed this month and that connects to the Davidson Canyon trail, said Diane Luber, Pima County spokeswoman.

The trailhead was renamed by the Board of Supervisors in February at the request of the Arizona Trail Association. Zimmerman was a member of the group and his mother, Emily Nottingham, is president.

Signs, a ramada with tables, wheelchair-accessible paths and tribute areas for Zimmerman and the other Jan. 8 victims are in the works for the trailhead, Luber said.

In December, the U.S. House of Representative voted unanimously to rename a room in the U.S. Capitol in honor of Zimmerman.