B'ville YMCA support strong

Study shows majority of residents want facility in Radisson

In an effort to capture community perceptions of the Northwest Family YMCA and the location at the corner of Drakes Landing and Route 31, the YMCA recently commissioned a telephone survey of residents in the town of Lysander.

Baldwinsville-based Research and Marketing Strategies, Inc. surveyed randomly selected residents and asked if they supported the YMCA to be built at the corner of Drakes Landing and Route 31. The sampled household population, which represents a 3.8 percent margin of error at the 95 percent confidence interval, makes the findings statistically reliable at a high level. RMS specifically oversampled the Radisson community, as this community is closest to the site of the Northwest Family YMCA.

When asked if they supported the YMCA to be built at the corner of Route 31 and Drakes Landing, overall, 81 percent favored the YMCA to be built at that location and 86 percent agreed that the YMCA will improve the quality of life in this community. Within the Radisson community, 66 percent support the location of the new YMCA. When those who were not in favor of the YMCA location were asked if they would support the location of the YMCA if they knew it would not be built elsewhere in the town of Lysander, support increased to 85 percent overall and 72 percent within the Radisson community.

"We've heard from many, many area residents who want the YMCA built in that location and the survey results support what they have been saying," said Cindy Dowd Greene, chair of the Baldwinsville YMCA Board of Managers, the group of volunteers fundraising and planning the new YMCA. "We've received letters of support and endorsement from community groups and leaders including the Greater Baldwinsville Chamber of Commerce, Maureen's Hope Foundation, town of Van Buren, the KARE Foundation, the Optimist Club, County of Onondaga Health Department and the Greater Syracuse Association of Realtors. We wanted to quantify support for the YMCA without dividing the community through petition drives or e-mail or letter writing campaigns. The survey accomplished that goal and demonstrates that the majority of area residents wants the YMCA and want it built at that location."

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