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Considering the high cost of subsidizing the operational side of the Center, it would have been irresponsible if the City did not look at outside options/sources for providing these services.
The City would have had to spend approximately $907,053 if the City operated The Center annually.
One of the common questions Bedford received is in regard to the City of Grapevine's recreational facility and its rates. Grapevine collects almost triple the amount of sales tax that Bedford does and has approximately the same population. The extra sales tax enables them to subsidize the operational costs so their membership rates are less.
There are additional reasons why other Cities can offer lower rates. First, their recreational centers are much older so their debt service costs are either minimal or non-existent. Second, those facilities typically don't offer the modern and wide variety of amenities that Bedford offers.
The seniors are able to attend the City's senior programming AND the senior programming at The Center. The YMCA has determined what works well for senior programming and services through their many years of experience running recreational facilities.
As an example, the YMCA’s Silver Sneakers program, which provides many, if not most, eligible seniors a greatly reduced or free membership rate. Additionally, the YMCA offers senior-only programming such as water aerobics, exercise classes, potlucks, various classes such as art and ceramics (using the City's pottery kiln within the facility), book and game clubs, and much more. Additionally, the popular senior dances moved to the larger space within The Center in 2023.
No. Employees have not been negatively impacted. However, if there’s no longer a demand for senior programs at Old Bedford School, the YMCA has agreed to hire any employees that are currently overseeing senior programming.
The initial operations agreement is for five years. Either party can terminate the agreement, by providing a one-year notice. The City of Bedford estimates it would take a year to hire an experienced staff to meet The Center’s staffing needs.
The contract between the City and any outside entity approved to oversee The Center’s operations contains performance measures, required monthly financial reports, an annual audit, in addition to regularly-scheduled presentations to the City Council.
The City of Bedford would provide a one-year termination notice and begin hiring professional staff to operate the Center.
The YMCA exclusively manages The Center within Generations Park.
They are responsible for:
The City of Bedford owns all fitness equipment.
The old Bedford YMCA building has closed.
The City routinely monitors the financial performance of the YMCA as it pertains to The Center. If membership numbers grow stagnant, it will be taken into consideration as the City evaluates the relationship moving forward.
There is not a concern of non-Bedford based YMCA members overrunning The Center. Based on YMCA data that looks at how often members use facilities outside their home branch, City staff estimates approximately 10 percent of The Center visits will be from other YMCA branches.
Yes, day passes are available. A day pass for Bedford residents (over the age of three) is $5 per person. A day pass for non-residents (over the age of three) is $10 per person.
There is no limit on the amount of passes you can purchase.
Yes, the ability for the community to rent rooms is incorporated into the agreement between the City of Bedford and the YMCA. If you'd like to rent a room within the facility, please contact YMCA staff at 817-725-8439.
No. The City continues to be responsible for planning and conducting our own special events.