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2801 Forest Ridge
Bedford, TX 76021
817-952-2323


, Recreation Manager

Welcome to the Bedford Parks and Recreation Division. It is the division’s mission to” provide creative and diverse programs and services to enrich our community through education, socialization and wellness opportunities”. We do this by fulfilling our vision “to provide outstanding leisure experiences for a better quality of life.”

We invite you to take full advantage of what the parks and recreation division has to offer. From our programs for citizens of all ages to our beautiful parks.

Look forward to seeing you!

Boys Ranch Activity Center

2801 Forest Ridge Drive
Bedford, TX 76021
817-952-2323

The Boys Ranch Activity Center (BRAC) is the only recreation center operated by the Department of Community Services.  The 24,000 square-foot activity center houses a full court gymnasium, fitness room, meeting room, men’s and women locker rooms, and classrooms. The Boys Ranch Activity Center offers a variety of exciting programs for all ages. Programs include Jazzercise, arts and crafts, free play basketball, yoga, tai chi, and much more. For more information, please call 817-952-2323.

BRAC (Boys Ranch Activity Center) Hours of Operation
Monday 7:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Tuesday 7:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Wednesday 7:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Thursday 7:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Friday 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Saturday 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Sunday 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. (only the BRAC Fitness Room is Open)
BRAC Memberships
Yearly membership usage fees are required for use of the lobby activities and gymnasium. You must bring an ID and current utility bill to become a member! Members ages 17 and under MUST have a parent/guardian sign a release of liability in order to join. Ages 8 and under MUST always be accompanied by an adult 18 or older.

Facility Cards (Yearly) Resident Non-Resident
Youth (up to age 15) $10 $24
Adult (16 and older) $24 $50
Senior (55 and older) $18 $30
One-Day Pass $5.00 $5.00
Brac Fitness Room
There are two options for fitness facility memberships. There is a pay by the year option which includes your facility card. There is also a pay by the month option. With that option you must also purchase a facility card. The yearly option gives you a discounted rate. You must purchase a membership to have use of the fitness facilities.  You must be 16 years or older to purchase a fitness membership.
Yearly Fee for Weight Room* Resident Non-Resident
Adult (16 and older) $125 per year or $15 per month + card $24 $200 per year or $20 per month + card $50
Senior (55 and older) $80 per year or $10 per month + card $18 $120 per year or $15 per month + card $30
*There is a $5 replacement fee for lost cards
*Everyone who enters the facility MUST have a Facility Card.

Facility Rental

There is one multi-purpose room (2,160 sq. ft.) that can be divided into two or three tile floor rooms. These rooms are referred to as Rooms A, B and C. Room A (790 sq. ft.) has a full kitchen consiting of a sink, stove, oven microwave, refrigerator, ice machine and diswasher. Each room has a wall-mounted television.

Rooms A, B and C combined, will hold about 200 people lecture style. If tables are used each room holds about 36 people more can be accommodated depending on arrangement of tables. We do provide tables and chairs:

  •  25: 8ft. long rectangle tables
  • 35: 5ft. round tables
  • 200 chairs

For no additional charge the lessee can hire caterers for the rental. They are also allowed to decorate however they wish as long as it does not damage the walls or building in any way. These decorations must be removed before they leave.

Facility Rental Fees
$35/hour 1 room
$45/hour 2 rooms
$55/hour 3 rooms

Boys Ranch Activity Center – Gym Rental
The basketball gym can also be rented and holds about 500 people (more or less depending on the arrangement of tables and chairs).

Gym Rental Fees
 Full Gym $45/hour two hour minimum
Half Gym $30/hour during BRAC hours only
$85 for non athletic type events –two hour minimum

Boys Ranch Activity Center – Pavilion Rental
Pavilion Rental Fees
Fee $120/ 6 hours*

*In front of our building there is a large covered pavilion that can be reserved and holds about 300 people. There are two grills, a fire pit and eight electrical outlets.

First come, first serve: In addition, we have a pavilion about half the size located near the pond, there is a grill located there as well. You can also find smaller pavilions throughout the park, which seat about 15-20 people.

Boys Ranch Activity Center – Hockey Rink Rental
All Hockey rink rentals require 48/hr notice.
Rink rentals w/o lights: $15/Hr.
Rink rentals with lights: $20/Hr.

Central Park Pavilion:
Central Park Pavilion is now available on a reservation basis at $75 for a six hour period* by calling 817-952-2323.

*Note:
Rental times are either 9:00 am - 3:00 p.m. or 4:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

 



 

Summer Day Camp

2014 Bedford Summer Camp - at the Boys Ranch Activity Center
Bedford summer camp is a great place for kids who are between the ages of 6 and 12. Each day is filled with positive, supervised, fun activities. Themes are set for each week where staff is able to gear several activities towards that theme. Each week campers will be able to attend Bedford Splash to go swimming, and also make a trip to the Bedford Public Library. The camp is divided into two halves by age, meaning that 6-8 year olds are in one camp and 9-12 year olds are in the other. Parents will enjoy a flexible drop off time as early as 7 am and pick up as late as 6:30 pm each day.

Parent Meeting is Tuesday May 20th 6 p.m.

Cost: $100 per week for residents $105 per week for non-residents

Register online by visiting https://online.activenetwork.com/bedfordfun/Start/Start.asp

Summer Camp Dates
6/2 to 6/6 The Great Outdoors
6/9 to 6/13 Super Hero
6/16 to 6/20 Space Odyssey
6/23 to 6/27 Olympics
6/30 to 7/3 (no camp on July 4th) Local Heroes 7/1 Fire Department 10:30am
7/7 to 7/11 Super Sports
7/14 to 7/18 Wild Wild West
7/21 to 7/25 Weird Science
7/28 to 8/1 Jurassic Park with visit from Ciritterman 8/1 10:30am
8/4 to 8/8 Wet and Wild Water Week
8/11 to 8/15 Treasure Island
8/18 to 8/22 Lights, Camera, Action


Geocaching in the Parks

What is Geocaching?

Geocaching is an entertaining adventure game for GPS users. Participating in a cache hunt is a good way to take advantage of the wonderful features and capability of a GPS unit. The basic idea is to have individuals and organizations set up caches all over the world and share the locations of these caches on the internet. GPS users can then use the location coordinates to find the caches. Once found, a cache may provide the visitor with a wide variety of rewards. All the visitor is asked to do is if they get something they should try to leave something for the cache.

What is a GPS device?

A GPS unit is a electronic device that can determine your approximate location (within around 6-20 feet) on the planet. Coordinates are normally given in Latitude and Longitude. You can use the unit to navigate from your current location to another location. Some units have their own maps, built-in electronic compasses, and voice navigation, depending on the complexity of the device.

You don't need to know all the technical mumbo- jumbo about GPS units to play Geocaching. All you need to do is be able to enter what is called a "waypoint" where the geocache is hidden.

Additional Information

For more information about the sport of geocaching visit www.geocaching.com.

Geocaching in Bedford

The Bedford Parks and Recreation Department supports the sport of geocaching, using a GPS unit and the World Wide Web to place and locate a "cache" in your park system. We believe that geocaching will increase the public's exposure to the parks and historical sites within the City of Bedford.  We also encourage the practice of "Cache in, Trash out" - helping to clean up the parks one cache at a time by bringing a trash bag and doing a little park cleanup while hunting for or placing a geocache.

There is always the possibility for geocaching to cause problems.   People could place caches in dangerous or sensitive locations, bury them, or hunt them during times when parks are closed to the public. To avoid problems, Bedford has created the following geocaching guidelines:

We ask that you post information about park curfews on the cache description. It is very tempting to break the rules "just this once" if unaware of park restrictions when hunting that cache.

  • Use common sense. Don't hide a cache in an area that will present a danger to others who might be looking for it or to park visitors who are unaware of the sport. This includes, but is not limited to, activities such as burying a cache, leaving a cache at the edge of a cliff or up in a tree. We want everyone who uses the parks to have a safe, informative, and pleasant visit.
  • Stay on the trails, when available.  The trails are there to provide access to sensitive areas, but limit the impact of visitors on those areas.
  • Be sure to stress the importance of staying on the marked trails.
  • No dangerous objects or substances may be cached in the parks. The definition of dangerous objects or substances is at the discretion of the Community Services Director.
  • Bedford Parks & Recreation Department reserves the right to confiscate any geocache found on park property, for any reason.
  • Of course, the rules that apply to all other park visitors apply to geocachers.

Have fun, be safe, and enjoy your parks and the sport of geocaching!

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