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Regardless of whether the YMCA partners with the City of Bedford to operate the Center, YMCA officials have indicated they will close their Bedford facility.
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Considering the high cost of subsidizing the operational side of the Center, it would be irresponsible if the City did not look at outside options/sources for providing these services.
The City would have to spend approximately $907,053 if the City operated the Center annually.
One of the common questions Bedford has 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 rec 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 will offer.
The seniors will be able to attend the City's senior programming AND the senior programming at The Center. The YMCA has already 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 would provide many, if not most, eligible seniors with a greatly reduced or free membership rate. Additionally, the YMCA will offer 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 will be moved to the larger space within The Center as soon as the building is able to host this event.
No. Employees will not be 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 would contain 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 will exclusively manage the Center at Generations Park.
They will be responsible for:
The City of Bedford will own all fitness equipment.
The City will routinely monitor 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 will be available for $10 each. Bedford residents will be allowed to purchase up to 10 guest passes per year. Non-Bedford residents will be allowed to purchase up to three guest passes per year.
Yes, the ability for the community to rent rooms will be incorporated into the agreement between the City of Bedford and the YMCA.
No. The City will continue to be responsible for planning and conducting our own special events.