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A new group is pushing for more park space in Tucson and supporters say they've found the perfect spot.

But there's already something in the way and it's a big something: Randolph Golf Complex.

Friends of Reid Park said this idea's been around for years, but it took some trips to other cities for them to realize Tucson should have a central park like what you'll find in New York City or San Diego.

And what goes there should be whatever you want.

"We don't want this to be just the voice of 'Here are the organizers of Friends of Reid Park'. We actually want to create a community conversation where we have town meetings, where we're bringing citizens to the table and saying what to you want and how can we build it," said Tzadik Greenberg.

But where they want to build is the problem: You can see in this graphic that the golf complex next door is their target; It would triple the size of Reid Park.

Tzadik said golf serves a specific crowd in our community and that an open park would work for everyone.

That was their message today at a rally before the city council meeting, as well as telling leaders that a large park would be good for tourism.

Councilman Steve Kozachik, who represents that side of the city, says golf is already attracting tourism and they want more of it. So for him, there is plenty of room for everyone as the parks stand now.

"It's not quite as simple as saying just shut them down," Kozachik said. "The entire west side of Randolph park is wide open space. We have the band shell. We got the dog walk park. We got rolling hills on the west side. Go stroll through the west side. I get it, I absolutely dig it, have fun with that but the east side is absolutely a golf facility'."

Kozachik points out that the city just showed it's support for the course when it entered a new management contract.

Friends of Reid Park say they have a long list of ideas they're collecting for what people want in that space.

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