Bedford holding town hall on proposed performing arts center.


Architect’s renderings show a proposed performing arts center in Bedford.

City of Bedford

Bedford officials are moving forward with proposals to build a performing arts center that could include a theater, convention space and areas for outdoor events.

Residents can weigh in on what they want to see included in the plans during a town hall at 6 pm. Thursday, at Bedford City Hall, 2000 Forest Ridge Drive.

“Bedford officials are trying to create a special place for the community, that will be the site of many special events and memories for people of all ages. This is our chance to get it right and maximize this opportunity, with resident feedback,” City Manager Jimmy Stathatos said in an email.

Plans for a performing arts center date back to a 2017 $70 million bond package to renovate the former Boys Ranch Park, which was renamed to Generations Park.

Residents insisted that the bond include funding for the performing arts.

The City Council designated $5.5 million for the arts, and Bedford is exploring funding opportunities for the remaining costs.

The architecture firm, Brown Reynolds Watford Architects, submitted three proposals from $8.4 million to $10 million.

Some ideas include a multipurpose center, a black box theater, outdoor gathering spaces and a conference center.

The multipurpose center could host musical performances, from a large ensemble to a child’s piano recital, according to the proposals.

The black box theater could hold up to 99 people, and the conference center would have multiple rooms for events.

Ideas for the outdoor space include trail extensions, areas for outdoor games, public art and water features.

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