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Jun 15, 2014 1:33 AM by Sam Salzwedel

Group wants to expand Reid Park

TUCSON - A group trying to expand Reid Park spent Saturday making t-shirts to wear to Tuesday's City Council meeting.

Claudia Valdez said most Tucsonans do not actually golf, and the city would be better off if it had a huge green space in the middle of the town.

"Any day of the week, you will see that the park itself is packed, it's full," she said. "There are always people there. There are always activities going on. And yet two-thirds of the park are fenced off."

The City Council is not scheduled to even discuss golf, but the group wants to get its message out. More than 3,000 people have already liked the "Expand Reid Park" Facebook page in only about 6 weeks.

Connected to Reid Park are Tucson's only profitable golf courses. City Councilman Steve Kozachik said it would be bad for tourism and the nearby hotels if the courses became a park.

"It's a nice idea to contemplate, but let's do the best we can with the west side of Reid Park as it sits right now," he said. "But the east side has to be maintained as a golf facility."

Kozachik said the two courses at the Randolph Golf Complex make up for the other 3 city courses that lose money. He also said the city just signed a 5-year deal with OB Sports to manage the courses, and that would make any major changes less likely.

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