Parker County Today July 2017 - Page 93

McCrory Mitchell & Mitchell & Associates GENERAL CONTRACTOR ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR 817.599.6815 817.599.6800 1110 E Bankhead Dr • Weatherford, Texas 76086 Sit in Comfort 2312 Montgomery St., Fort Worth 76107 Located in the Cultural Arts District • 817.377.1004 Open Mon- Fri 9-6, Sat. 9-5 Choose from over 100 bar stools for your kitchen, bar or game room to Chandor with Bodiford. “At one point I went off on my own,” Tison said. “I experienced the peace and tranquility it offered. I real- ized that we don’t have many places left where we can find that kind of peace and serenity. With the way Weatherford is growing, pretty soon there won’t be many places where our children and grandchildren will be able to go and find tranquil- ity. Everyone needs to have a place where they can go to find peace.” Tison wanted to find a way to make saving Chandor Gardens possi- ble and he began to look for a way to make it work. Larry Patterson, who was city manager for Weatherford at the time, had an idea.  “There were so many hotels coming to the area,” Tison said. “Larry suggested that the hotel/motel tax would be enough to make buying Chandor Gardens possible.” “We didn’t have much time,” Bodiford said. The next hurdle was to change the zoning for the gardens. A group of local citizens who were interested in the gardens being acquired by the city got together and sent cards to 900 recent visitors to the garden. The cards explained the situation and asked those who were concerned with the garden’s fate to attend the next Planning and Zoning Board meeting of the City of Weatherford. More than 200 people showed up in support of Chandor Gardens. Today, the City of Weatherford’s Parks and Recreation Department, headed up by Shannon Goode, oper- ates Chandor Gardens with Karen Nance heading up the operations at Chandor. Craig Swancy is now the city’s mayor and Jamie Bodiford, who didn’t run for a second term on the city council, volunteers as docent when she can take time from her hectic schedule. No longer a banker, Bodiford now works in real estate. “Jamie is the real hero in the Chandor Story,” Swancy said. Bodiford respectfully disagrees with him. “I think there are a lot of heroes in this story,” Bodiford said. “People like Larry Patterson, the (former) city manager of Weatherford. He found a way to fund the effort. So many of the people who love Chandor went out of their way to make that known. They’re all heroes.” 91