Eight Possible Sites for YMCA in McIntire Park

By: Lisa Ferrari Email
By: Lisa Ferrari Email

March 4, 2008

Charlottesville city council has already agreed a new YMCA Rec Center will be built in McIntire Park. But exactly where should it go?

There are eight possible locations for the seventy square foot fitness and aquatics center. And not everyone has the same opinion on where this building should go or what inside the park it should replace.

“It’s hard to answer to everybody's needs,” said city resident Ryan McDonald at a public meeting for input from residents Tuesday night at city hall.

All eight options are in the same general area on the West side of the park. And the building will require from three to five acres of land in the 135 acre park. City leaders say that’s just about two to five percent of the park land.

All of the options include tearing down a softball field and paving over open space to create a parking lot.
“Why do we need lots of extra parking it seems it is being driven by city code. If you build a building or you construct a building of a certain size you need so many parking spaces,” said city resident Chad Freckmann.
“I'm not sure what the budget is for the building but if they could do under structure parking,” said McDonald.

Along with the building location, city leaders are also looking for input on what other amenities can be built around the YMCA to compliment the West side of the park.

“Here's a chance to really make it a center piece for the community,” said YMCA Board Chairman Kurt Krueger.

“Make this a true park and not necessarily a place for a building,” said McDonald.

If you want to share your input the next public meeting will be on April 12, 2008 at Design Charette from 9am to noon.

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