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Local woman says the fountains at the TCC are dangerous

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TUCSON - The fountains near the Tucson Convention Center are one of many historic staples here in Tucson.

They were built in the 70s but no longer work and need to be renovated.

That's causing real concern for one Tucson resident who says the water-less fountain is now a big hazard.

One fountain seen at the TCC is a historic Eckbo landscape.

It is the last Garrett Eckbo landscape in the country.

"It stretches all the way from the Tucson Convention Center, to Veinte de Agosto park," said Lane Mandle, a City of Tucson official. "The fountains are not currently active because the entire landscape needs to be restored to what it was originally."

Pamm Pope is a Tucson native and calls these fountains a hazard.

"My concern is I do not want to fall in that hole break my back, break by leg," said Pope. "I would become a multi-millionaire."

Luckily for Pope and other Tucson residents, the fountains will be back up and running again.

Rio Nuevo has given the city $65 million to help modernize parts of the area including expanding the TCC, a hotel on site and so much more.

"In addition to the arena, the music hall and Leo Rich theater, the historic Eckbo landscape will be improved as well," said Mandle.

Pope explained a time when she almost fell into the fountain area.

"And all of a sudden I looked and I glance down and saw this empty fountain. No barrier fencing whatsoever," said Pope. "My sister and grandson and I continued to walk. They were behind me. And she was like 'Holy Jesus I almost fell into that hole.'"

"Fortunately, we have never received an incident at the fountain," said Mandle.

The City says no one has been hurt.

"We have brand new lighting in there and that helps improve the safety," said Mandle. "We will occasionally put up some pedestrian railing if we feel there is going to be a big crowd near the fountains."

EDITOR'S NOTE: News 4 Tucson Intern Renee Torress-Cook helped write this story.

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