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Phase Next News & Updates


City Council Meeting
August 15, 2017 - 6:00 p.m.

Special Session City Council Meeting convened to approve language and vote to hold a Bond Election scheduled for November 7, 2017 in the amount of $70 million dollars. Watch the Phase Next highlights or watch the full City Council meeting on B-TV.


City Council Meeting
August 8, 2017 - 5:30 p.m.

Phase Next was on the agenda twice during the City Council meeting on Tuesday, August 8, 2017. Mark Hatchel from Kimly-Horn gives a report on the findings from the feasibility study that included two public input meetings and an online survey posted to the City website and City social media accounts. Watch the Phase Next highlights or watch the full City Council meeting on B-TV.


Phase Next Input Meeting #2
July 28, 2017 - 10:00 a.m.

Thank you again for coming out and giving feedback on what you wanted to see from Phase Next at Boys Ranch Park. Another great turnout and lots of new faces. For further review, check out the Kimley-Horn presentation that was shown or watch video replay of the LIVE meeting to catch up on what you might have missed.


Phase Next Input Meeting #1
July 13, 2017 - 4:12 p.m.

Presentation and Video from the First Phase Next Public Input Meeting

Great turnout for the first Phase Next Public Input Meeting! For further review, check out the Kimley-Horn presentation that was shown during yesterdays public input meeting on phase next. Presentation covers the following:

  • The goals of Phase Next
  • Progress that has been made up-to-date
  • Discussion on the current facilities, including the age of the building and what they are used for
  • Lay out What's next
Watch the replay of the LIVE meeting, and be sure to mark your calendars for the second Phase Next Public Input Meeting on Thursday, July 27 at 7:00 p.m.


Phase Next - Future of Onstage
July 11, 2017 - 1:52 p.m.

Onstage, a performing arts theater located inside the Boys Ranch Park, has expressed some concerns with Phase Next and the possibility of the building they are using being torn down. We want to reassure Onstage, Arts Council Northeast and the public that the City of Bedford has NOT made any decisions with regards to the park amenities or layout because we want the public's input.

The goal of the Bedford Parks and Recreation Department is to provide the best parks and recreation system that is available. Over the last few years, the parks and recreation department completed Phase 1 of the Boys Ranch Park Master Plan and to meet the needs of the community, the City of Bedford is seeking citizen input for the remaining phases of the Boys Ranch Park Master Plan.

As part of Phase Next, the city is considering a multi-generational activity / senior center and new athletic facilities and we want to hear from YOU!

Make your voice heard and take a moment to complete our survey. The City of Bedford takes this information seriously and will use it to help prioritize specific projects and get a more detailed understanding of what the community needs. The answers will be completely anonymous, but your views, in combination with those of others, are extremely important to us and the success of the project.


Boys Ranch Park - Phase Next Survey
July 7, 2017 - 3:00 p.m.

The City of Bedford needs your help! As part of Phase Next, the City is considering a multi-generational activity/senior center and new athletic facilities. We are currently seeking citizen input for the remaining phases of the Boys Ranch Park Master Plan and we would like to ask that you take a few minutes to complete this survey.

Your specific answers will be completely anonymous, but your views are extremely important to us. We thank you in advance and value your time and effort completing this survey!

Progress to Date - Where are we at?

April 2017
Kick-Off Meeting/Existing Facility Tour

May 2017
City Staff Work Sessions
Gathered Operational Data
Toured Benchmark Activity/Senior Centers

June 2017
City Staff Work Sessions
Council Work Session

July 2017
Posted Online Survey
Public Meeting #1
Public Meeting #2

August
Council Meeting Update
Special Council Meeting

What's Next?

August 21, 2017
Bond Election Filing Date

September 2017
Public Outreach

November 2017
Bond Election

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Phase Next?

Originally the Boys Ranch Park Master Plan called for a four phase project to renovate the park. After completion of the first phase of the park renovation in 2016, City Council expressed interest in compiling the remaining projects into one phase. The term Phase Next has been used to discuss the remaining phases of the redevelopment.

Who is responsible for the consulting of the project?

The City of Bedford has contracted with Kimley-Horn to assist with the Boys Ranch Park Master Plan. Kimley-Horn is one of the nation's premier planning and design consulting firms. With over 2,800 staff members in more than 75 offices across the U.S., the firm offers full services in a wide range of disciplines.

How will this affect my taxes?

The final plan for Phase Next has not been presented yet. Once the plan is presented with a cost estimate, staff will be able to determine the tax implications.

How much will the entire Phase Next project cost?

Currently, a feasibility study is being conducted to assess the current facilities, gauge public interest through public input meetings and project surveys, and to formulate a plan moving forward. Once these tasks are completed, a plan will be devised and presented to City Council for direction. Estimates for the Phase Next project range from 35 - 75 million dollars.

Will this new facility require additional employees, maintenance, etc.?

While the final plan has not been presented, a project with larger facilities and increased usage will require additional employees and maintenance to manage the amenities.

Will the membership prices be the same?

The membership pricing for a new multigenerational facility has not yet been determined.

Will this project go out for bids?

Construction of Phase Next of the Boys Ranch Master Plan will be put out for bid, assuming the bond is approved by the voters.

What is the cost recovery for the new building?

The cost recovery model for the new facility has not yet been determined.

When will Phase Next be voted on?

Once the recommendation is presented to City Council, a possible decision will be made to move forward to a bond election. The next opportunity for a bond election will be held on November 7, 2017

Will the new facility have expanded hours than the current BRAC hours?

While the final recommendation has not been presented, it is typical for new facilities to have expanded facility hours to better serve the community.

Will the new facility have space for the arts?

A final recommendation has not been presented. Currently, the city is seeking public input to determine the space and community needs in the facility.

If an indoor aquatics facility were to be built, would the ISD swim teams have access to it?

The programming opportunities have not yet been presented as part of the project.

How specific will the plan be when it is taken to the public to vote on?

Kimley-Horn will be presenting the recommendation to the Bedford City Council on August 8, 2017. The plan that will be presented will determine the space requirements based on the feedback received via public input meetings and survey results.

How many buildings is the city proposing to level on the Boys Ranch property?

The City Council has not reached any decisions with respect to the location of potential new facilities at the Boys Ranch. City Council understands the importance and support the community is expressing for the Arts Council and ONSTAGE buildings. The decision for where to locate a new activity center will drive which facilities will need to be removed, if at all, as part of the new park development.

How can I get involved?

The Bedford City Council encourages users and citizens to attend and participate in scheduled meetings to express their level of interest in the renovation. Check back here for updates and follow the City of Bedford and Bedford Parks and Recreation on Facebook for the latest in Phase Next news.


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