Generations Park at Boys Ranch Frequently Asked Questions
Why was the name changed from Boys Ranch Park to Generations Park at Boys Ranch?
The passing of the park revitalization project/bond in November 2017 created a discussion on updating all aspects of the Boys Ranch Park. This included, but was not limited to, renaming the park as well as naming the future multi-generational community center (The Center).
These discussions took place during City Council Work Sessions, Town Hall meetings, and various public events over several years. These conversations ultimately fostered the Council’s decision to seek a new name for the recreation center. Council and staff recruited a marketing firm to assist with a possible name change, as well as marketing opportunities for the future updated park.
Council created a subcommittee comprised of Mayor Pro Tem Amy Sabol along with Council members Roger Fisher and Rusty Sartor. This group met with the marketing firm and brainstormed name ideas. Afterwards, the sub-committee returned to Council on April 28, 2020 with name suggestions. After reviewing options, Council unanimously agreed to accept Generations Park at Boys Ranch as the new moniker.
In pushing this project forward and in opting to change the name of the Boys Ranch, it is the desire of the Council to seize the momentum in creating a new revitalized park for every resident to take pride in. In choosing the name Generations Park at Boys Ranch, the City intends to honor all generations that have contributed to making Bedford a place to call home while also honoring future Bedford generations with a first-class facility that is, and will continue to be, the center of our town.
For many people, the name Bedford Boys Ranch elicits a nostalgic remembrance of the rich history and heritage of Bedford’s past. This history includes the years 1949 to 1957 when the Variety Club of Dallas operated the Boys Ranch as a location for troubled boys and war orphans.
However, just because the name of the property has changed, does not mean the City has forgotten the past. The Council plans to honor the history of the Bedford Boys by creating a space within the park, such as a Heritage Plaza, where park goers will be able to learn Bedford history and the Boys Ranch through interactive experiences.
What amenities will be included in Generations Park at Boys Ranch?
Generations Park at Boys Ranch will include The Center, a multi-generational recreation center, as well as an indoor/outdoor aquatic facility, softball/baseball complex, special events lawn, and multipurpose field area. View the Facilities and Amenities webpage for renderings and additional information on each.
Will additional amenities be added to the park in the future such as tennis courts, soccer fields, or a skateboard ramp?
Future amenities will be considered and/or addressed during the review of the Parks Master Plan in the near future.
What does the term 'Phase Next' mean?
Originally, the 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 overseeing the project?
Gary Johnson is currently serving as the Projects Manager for the City. For questions, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The professional services contracts were approved for the following services for Generations Park at Boys Ranch:
- Oxley Williams Tharp Architects PLLC (OWT) - (RFQ 18-01) Architectural services; and related structural; mechanical, electrical, structural engineering; aquatic engineering; branding and other professional services.
- Steele & Freeman, Inc. - Construction
- CMJ Geotechnical - Geotechnical Engineering Services
- Halff Associates Inc. (HAI) - (RFQ 18-02) - Landscape Architecture, Civil Engineering, and Other Professional Services
When did construction start and when will the park be finished?
Construction began in October 2020 and is anticipated to be complete in fall 2022. View the live project construction camera on the main Generations Park at Boys Ranch webpage.
Will there be limited access to the park?
The Bedford City Council approved a one-phase construction, which will temporarily close the park. This will improve safety, decrease construction time, and decrease construction costs..
How much will the entire Phase Next project cost?
The overall Phase Next budget is $64.5 million.
Will this new facility require additional employees, maintenance, etc.?
The final financial feasibility plan was presented to City Council in August 2019. The project includes larger facilities and increased usage which will require additional employees and maintenance to manage the amenities.
Will the membership prices be the same?
The membership pricing for The Center has not yet been determined by the City Council. However, the programming and fitness options will be dramatically increased at the new facility. Council has created a subcommittee to discuss dues, programming, etc.
What is the cost recovery for the new building?
The Final Financial Feasibility Plan was submitted to the City Council in fall 2019. The City Council set the cost recovery at 65 percent for the building. By getting creative with all the activities and programming of the entire property, Council and Staff now feel they can do better than 65 percent cost recovery.
Will there be expanded hours at the new facility?
While final hours have not been determined for the new facility. However, it is typical to have expanded facility hours to better serve the community.
Will the new facility have space for the arts?
The Bedford City Council allocated $5.5 million in bond funds for the design and construction of an arts and entertainment center at the Old Bedford School.
The City Council performing arts steering committee is forming ideas and creating concepts to take to Council in fall 2021.
If an indoor pool was built, would the school district swim teams have access to it?
The design for the indoor pool will not have enough lanes to allow the school district to use the facility at this time.