Phase Next Timeline
Progress to Date
A presentation of the Prioritized Community Needs for Boys Ranch – Phase Next were presented to City Council.
Sixteen Stakeholder Meetings and three Public Meetings were held which included - Senior Staff, Parks Staff, Recreation/Aquatics/IT Staff, Maintenance Staff, Library Staff, Arts/Entertainment Stakeholders, Adjacent Homeowner Stakeholders, Cultural Commission Stakeholders, Arts/music Stakeholders, Arts Council Stakeholders, Contract Instructors Stakeholders, Seniors Stakeholders, Leagues Stakeholders, School/Civic Groups Stakeholders, Heritage Stakeholders, Community Affairs Commission Stakeholders, the Parks & Beautification Boards, and City Council. A total of 115 people attended the Public Meeting on January 31 in the evening. To view the public meeting and slides click the links below.
Professional services agreements approved by City Council for geotechnical services, landscape architecture, civil engineering, architectural services, related structural/MEP engineering, aquatic engineering, branding and other services for the Boys Ranch Park - Phase Next. View the council meeting.
City staff members short listed the RFQ teams in mid-August. This team was a diverse group of city staff from various departments in order to insure the most qualified providers would be selected. References were performed for each professional and their sub-consultants prior to the interview. An interview selection committee comprised of individuals from the City Manager’s Office, other staff, and City Council interviewed the short-listed teams from each RFQ in August. The decision was unanimous regarding the recommendation of the firms.
A total of 23 professional consultant teams submitted Request for Qualifications (RFQs) at the end of July 2018.
A new Concept Plan was then presented to the public at the May 8, 2018 Public Meeting. Upon receipt of comments and consensus of new Phase Next concept, City Council instructed staff to begin the consultant selection process. View the council meeting.
The City Council met in a work session with city staff to hold a Design Charrette on the Boys Ranch Park - Phase Next site plan to review the bond election Concept Plan. At the meeting, the City Council explored improvements to the bond election site plan to reduce construction time & costs, review the location of facilities, examine constraints, and provide other improvements & amenities within the site plan. A new Concept Plan was then presented to the public at a May 8, 2018 Public Meeting. Upon receipt of comments and consensus of Phase Next – Concept B, City Council instructed staff to begin the consultant selection process. View the agenda.
The City Council approved the ordinance to issue $60,000,000 out of the $70,000,000 that was previously authorized for park-related matters for the “City of Bedford, Texas General Obligation Refunding and Improvement Bonds, Series 2018”. The City received the funds on April 2018.
The City Council approved securing the services of Cissy Sylo to serve as the Capital Project Manager for the City of Bedford during the Phase Next improvements. Ms. Sylo can be reached at email@example.com or 817-952-2176. View the agenda.
Bond Election - Bedford voters approved the issuance of $70,000,000 in General Obligation Bonds to better accommodate the community’s need for park and recreational improvements during the November 7, 2017 election.
Phase Next Public Input Meetings
Watch the conceptual flyover video
The City Council approved language and vote to hold the Bond Election scheduled on November 7, 2017, in the amount of $70 million dollars. View the agenda.
The 1st Public Input survey was released.
Mulitple Public Input meetings were held. View the Kimley-Horn presentation that was shown or watch the video replay of the LIVE meetings below. The presentation covered the following:
• The goals of Phase Next
• Progress that has been made to date
• Discussion on the current facilities, including the age of the buildings and what they are used for
• Layout what's next
The City Council toured bench marked activity and senior centers and City staff worked with Kimley Horn to gather operational data. Click to view the council agenda.
The City contracted with Kimley-Horn and Associates (KHA) for updating the Boys Ranch Park Master Plan to include a comprehensive feasibility study and conceptual design for a Multi generational Community Center (recreation and senior center), renovation/replacement of athletic fields, and conceptual use of re-purposed property. This project has been referred to as Phase Next and is currently estimated to cost $70 million.
The Bedford Parks and Recreation Master Plan was updated.
History of Boys Ranch Park
Bedford Boys Ranch was opened and operated by the Variety Club of Dallas from 1949 to 1957 to provide housing for boys who were wards of the court. Patterned after Boys Town, Nebraska, the ranch spread over 232 acres. Boys Ranch contained a farm and dairy where food and livestock were raised. The boys had access to a swimming pool, a lighted football field with bleachers built into a berm, a baseball diamond, a gymnasium and a lake. Two brick dormitories housed up to 200 boys whose ages ranged from ten to fourteen. Other facilities included a cafeteria, laundry, water and sewage system, and five cottages for employees. Attached is Exhibit A showing an aerial from 1963 depicting most of the development from that era of the Park.
In 1973, the City of Bedford, Texas optioned the 52.6 acre tract that officially became Bedford Boys Ranch Park on July 6, 1974. After purchasing the community park, the City has made improvements in accordance with the Parks & Recreation Master Plan. Of the 1949 amenities, the original gymnasium is still being utilized in the Boys Ranch Activity Center which was expanded by the City in the 1999 to 30,000 square feet (SF). The original 1949 cafeteria was renovated into the Onstage Performing Arts Theater (4,000 SF) and the one remaining dormitory (6,000 SF) was renovated into the offices of the Arts Council of Northeast Tarrant County. The Senior Center (8,000 SF) was constructed in 1976 and an addition was constructed in 1984. The Outdoor Aquatic Center – “Splash” was constructed in 2003. In 2009, $3,200,000 of improvements at the Park including reshaping the detention pond and installing new pedestrian bridges, a new playground, disc golf, fishing piers, weir dams, picnic pavilions, and trails & lighting were authorized by the city for construction.