Where will they park?

To the editor:

The proposed Victory Sports Medicine (VSM) Campus will have up to 350 parking spaces for its 61,000 square foot medical facility, 171,000 square foot indoor athletic facility and 13 outdoor athletic fields. The Citizens to Preserve the Character of Skaneateles engaged an engineering firm to collect traffic data for a tournament in November, 2012 at United Sports Training Center in Downingtown, Penn., a complex with a 127,000 square foot indoor athletic facility, 11 outdoor fields and parking for over 1,000 Vehicles. The tournament was a small 21 team, seven vs. seven, lacrosse tournament, not a typical full-team tournament, which would increase the number of participants and vehicles.

During the peak weekend morning hour, 7:30 to 8:30 a.m., 233 Vehicles entered the facility. And as of 11:30 a.m., a total of 392 vehicles were parked.

In brief, this 21-team tournament attracted more vehicles than total parking spaces being proposed by VSM for its entire facility.

A nonresident Skaneateles coach wrote a letter to the boards supporting the proposed development. The coach states: “I run a soccer tournament in North Syracuse with over 110 teams in June each year. 50 of the teams are from Albany, Saratoga, Rochester, Buffalo. A much nicer venue with unlimited field space is always in need.”

A larger tournament like the “1812 Shoot Out Lacrosse Tournament” in Sackets Harbor last summer attracted more than 300 teams.

Based on the traffic count from the tournament at USTC, it appears tournaments like these could easily generate as many as 2,000 and 5,000 vehicles, respectively.

In my opinion, it is probable that there will be frequent athletic tournaments throughout the year at the VSM facility.

Where will the thousands of participants from outside the Skaneateles community associated with these tournaments park? Will vehicles park on grass in the watershed leaking pollutants to groundwater, along Route 20, at nearby residential neighborhoods, in weekend vacant lots of businesses along Route 20, or even the village public parking lots?

The facts of the engineer’s traffic count provides meaningful information to demonstrate that parking for the proposed facility is materially insufficient for the obvious (but unstated) intended use of the facilities by VSM, creating significant parking, traffic and safety concerns.

I strongly encourage our community to review this project and its adverse environmental impacts on our town and village.

Jim Moore


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