Ohio School for the Deaf officials imply the YMCA project proposed for the Bill Moose Run area impacts only 16 households bordering land slated for the project ("Residents, leaders await results of YMCA study," Nov. 8, ThisWeek Booster).
The facts indicate many more would be impacted.
This project would be built on 27 acres of field and woods accessed only by two-lane Indianola Avenue. Deer, coyote, fox, hawks, rabbits and occasionally wild turkeys live there. For years, school officials have increased the area's security, reminding residents it is state property and to stay out as a security precaution for students. It is surrounded by chain-link fence topped with barbed wire and "no trespassing" signs.
Suddenly, presented with this project, security concerns vanish. Deaf school Superintendent Lou Maynus said she favors the project because it gives the school a second natatorium, failing to acknowledge it would be public with no control over who could interact with students.
This project's construction and permanent increased traffic impacts everyone using Indianola to reach Morse Road. School officials said they had not considered placing the YMCA on the southeast corner of Morse and Indianola, which is more accessible, has as much if not more acreage, is not near the watershed and would not interfere with the quiet enjoyment of the area.