When Bedford’s new recreation center opens in Generations Park this fall, visitors will find plenty of amenities including indoor and outdoor water spaces, fitness facilities, and spaces for banquets and other events.
City Council last week voted to give City Manager Jimmy Stathatos the power to move forward with a five-year deal between Bedford and the YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth to operate the Generations Park center at Boys Ranch. .
Under the agreement, Bedford will save about $600,000 a year. Membership fees will be reduced for resident members and those who meet the income criteria will receive financial assistance. The agreement will also expand the programs that are offered.
The YMCA will be responsible for recreation center staffing, janitorial services, as well as maintenance and repair of the building and indoor and outdoor aquatic areas.
Bedford will maintain and operate the rest of Generations Park, including the ball fields.
“It was a tough decision, but ultimately we have a responsibility to be as fiscally responsible as possible with taxpayer dollars while finding a way to bring more value and more services to residents,” said Mayor Michael Boyter.
At the May 10 council meeting, Stathatos said the cost savings for Bedford could go toward hiring six police officers, six firefighters and repairing and maintaining residential streets.
“It’s important to show the impact of savings because we have a lot of services to pay for,” Stathatos said.
The funds for Generations Park came from a $70 million bond package that voters approved five years ago.
The leisure center is still under construction, but when completed will include an outdoor water park and an indoor water center with waterslides, a therapeutic hot tub, lap pools as well as sun loungers and tables on the terrace of the swimming pool.
The gymnasium will have a double basketball court with stripes for other sports, including pickle ball.
The building also includes a game room with fireplace and pool table, indoor and outdoor fitness areas, four party rooms adjacent to the indoor aquatic center and a large event hall.