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YMCA criticized about handicapped access

August 28, 2002|by SCOTT BUTKI

Councilman N. Linn Hendershot Tuesday criticized the Hagerstown YMCA, saying it did not have adequate handicapped parking and access at its Eastern Boulevard facility.

YMCA Executive Director Michael Flicek could not be reached for comment Tuesday night. A message was left on his answering machine.

The YMCA has parking spaces for the handicapped on the sides of the building but none in front at the building's entrance, Hendershot, an ex-officio member of the Washington County Disability Advisory Committee, said during Tuesday's Hagerstown City Council meeting.

There is no ramp at the building's entrance so a person in a wheelchair dropped off in front of the YMCA would need help to get over the curb, he said.

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Hendershot said he has talked to Flicek and other YMCA officials about the problem and was told improvements would be made by spring 2002.

"Spring has come and gone," Hendershot said.

The YMCA opened at the Eastern Boulevard site in December 2001.

Hendershot said he asked the Hagerstown city engineer and city inspector to go to the YMCA to assess the situation and talk to YMCA officials.

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