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The Goddard Employees Welfare Association (GEWA) supports the operation and use of several on-site facilities for its members.

Harvey Walden - Chair 6-9140

Barney & Bea Recreation Center

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Update: November 3, 2014

The Barney & Bea Rec Center is re-opening on Wednesday, November 19, 2014!

After several months of renovation, the Rec Center is re-opening for business just in time for the holidays! So please join us on Wednesday, November 19 from 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. for refreshments, music and more. The ribbon cutting is right at 3:30 p.m.

Interested in using the Rec Center? Please submit your request through our on-line reservation system

Below is a brief summary of how the Rec Center will be operating (in Powerpoint and PDF). If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact Robin Mahoney at or, after November 19, you can call the Rec Center at 6-8440.

Rec Center Operations Guidelines (PowerPoint)
Rec Center Operations Guidelines (PDF)

Update: January 28, 2014

For the past two years, the Goddard Employees Welfare Association Council and the GEWA Business Office have been discussing the need to change the current business model of the Barney and Bea Recreation Center. Currently, costs to run the Rec Center exceed rental income by $50,000 every year, requiring GEWA revenue from other sources to support operations. After careful consideration, GEWA has decided to close the Rec Center as of January 31 to allow a team to develop a new model for operations to include a recommendation for some level of renovation of the facility.

GEWA recognizes that groups who had planned to hold events at the Rec Center will be inconvenienced by the temporary closure. Regrettably, this is unavoidable, as was the temporary closure of the Building 21 cafeteria, the Building 1 food court and the Exchange store while those facilities underwent a renovation. We are all now enjoying the results of those renovations, and I have no doubt that in the future we will again be enjoying the use of a revamped Rec Center. The Building 8 auditorium is available to hold events and can be scheduled using the following Web Site

You will soon receive a request to provide feedback on your requirements for the Rec Center. The team will use the feedback you provide to develop a new business model and plan for renovation.

Thank you for your patience while GEWA continues to transform their facilities to better serve Goddard employees.

Nancy Abell

Associate Director

Picnic Pavilion

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Reserve the picnic pavilion

Post Office

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Monday through Thursday (Closed Friday)
7:30am - 2:00pm
Phone: 6-2349

For more information, contact Robin Mahoney on 6-2001 or by email at


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