The Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) Department at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Kittery, Maine serves over 26,000 authorized patrons on the longest serving Naval Shipyard in the United States. Established in 1800 as a shipbuilding military installation, the Shipyard has participated in many significant events in our maritime history. Currently the Shipyard is a submarine repair facility, as well as, home to three Coast Guard Cutters, a SERE school, Army Recruiting Station and a Medical Clinic.
The mission statement of the MWR Department is - “We strive to deliver high quality, customer focused programs and services that contribute to resiliency, retention, readiness and quality of life”.
The MWR Department operates 22 programs/facilities at three locations with a $4.3 million budget and 120 staff members (including seasonal hires) throughout the year. We were the first MWR department in the Navy to be accredited by the Commission for Accreditation of Parks and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA), and the Department has also been recognized as a Gold Medal finalist by the National Recreation and Parks Association in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. The Department is broken into 5 branches which include an Administrative branch, Recreation branch, Food and Beverage branch, Community Recreation branch, and a Child and Youth Program branch.
The Administrative Branch consists of the MWR Director, Deputy MWR Director, Business functions and the Marketing department.
The Recreation Branch consists of an Auto Hobby Shop, Wood Hobby Shop, Fitness Center,Gymnasium, NOFFS Zone, Athletic fields, and 2 Marinas. The 375-acre Great Pond Outdoor Adventure Center located near Bangor Maine, has 15 cabins, 6 yurts, 9 RV/tents sites available to rent and a Recreation Center. The historic Gull Cottage and Lighthouse at Prospect Harbor is also available to rent.
The Community Recreation Branch consists of Jamaica Island Picnic Area, Inspiration Park, Bowman Park, Relief Valve Recreation Center, Outdoor Recreation Gear Rental, Information, Tours and Tickets and an Auditorium (Movies, Lectures, Shows, etc).
The Food and Beverage Branch consists of Dockside Café, Tirante Tavern Bar and Restaurant and Café 153.
The Child and Youth Program Branch consist of a Child Development Center (80 children capacity), a Pre-School (48 capacity), Child Development Homes, Youth Center (with before /after school programming and a summer camp), School Liaison Officer, and Training and Curriculum Specialists.
We look forward to serving you and hope you get involved in our programs and explore New England.