Against a new YMCA:
Location -- too much traffic from hospitals, nursing home, high school, Hayes Avenue traffic plus Cedar Point in the summer.
Not safe at night
Sharing of different venues, thus cutting members usage. This is high for the therapy and lap swimmers. A YMCA source said there would "probably only be one pool" times would be very limited for members. What if Firelands pulls out and leaves their part of the cost still with the Y.
Raise in dues that are high already, especially for seniors.
New construction no matter what budget you have is bound to go over that limit.
Economy not conducive. Houses up for foreclosure, jobs dwindling away, prices going up.
Who are these people that are all for the win, win, win? Do any of them belong to or attend the YMCA on a daily basis? What about the board? Do they take part in any of the venues so they can see what is happening and talk to the members? I strongly suggest the YMCA send a letter to all members asking their opinion. We want to know the layout and what will stay and what will go. What will Firelands Therapy take over?
For keeping YMCA as is:
Great location, room to expand, good investment for the future.
Have building evaluated to cut cost on electric, water, staff, hours, membership.
Keep the 2K and renovate what you have.
Do the most important areas first, nibble away at rest.
Need two dedicated men -- one for the boiler room and similar areas and a handyman to repair, paint, do minor plumbing.
Get a good architect to configure for handicap access and good use of space.
Jim and Pat Caldwell