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What "A" Mountain upgrades would you like?

Posted at 5:03 PM, May 04, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-04 20:52:20-04

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Just west of downtown, there's a Tucson landmark that could be in for an upgrade.

"A" Mountain,has that name because of the huge University of Arizona “A” placed there more than 100 years ago.  It’s officially called Sentinel Peak and it gets loads of visitors.  Now the City of Tucson is  asking what you'd like to see added to the scenic overlook.

 When Nuve Brambila brings friends to Tucson, the overlook from “A” Mountain is the first place they go.  She'd love to see a nice observation deck here, and some things more basic.

 "Bathrooms are essential because people are here all the time and if you're all the way up here by the time you go back and make it down it's kind of a hassle and definitely just like water fountains.  It's hot.  People get dehydrated and it's pretty dangerous in Arizona when it's hot."

Dwayne Oglesby and Krystal Bradford have their own “A” Mountain wish list.

"Maybe some shade, more shade and things like that, keep people cool.  A lot of people come up here to visit, bring their kids and it'd be awesome.  What do you think? Maybe one of those things that sprays water so when you're walking up here you can cool off."

There's a good chance enhancements like that may happen.  "A" Mountain is in Councilmember Regina Romero's ward.  She says for about five years there's been a park master plan to make the place more family friendly.  Now there's about 200 thousand dollars to make some of it happen. The money's from development fees.  Romero says the law stipulates it can only be used for things like parks.

"It's not for maintenance and operation.  It's is not for hiring new people.  It is for infrastructure and capital development."

She says the improvements could happen in a year to year and a half.  The rest of this month the city is asking people what they'd like to see added to the park.

You can add your opinions through a survey you will find at this link.

You can also attend public hearings at the following locations: 

All meetings begin at 5:30pm

May 10  El Rio Neighborhood Center, 1390 W. Speedway

May 17 at the Tucson Parks and Recreation Administration Office, Mesquite Room, 900 S. Randolph Way.