In 1949, the Corporate Employees Recreation Association, or CERA, was formed as an organization of recreation facilities and wholesome leisure activities for employees, retirees, and their families. At that time, the company was known as Consolidated Vultee Aircraft Corporation, or “Convair”, was later changed to General Dynamics, then LMRA, and most recently to CERA. Since that time, CERA has grown to include approximately 16 organized recreational programs at a 10-acre site known as the CERA Recreation Complex.
The CERA Recreation Complex is the site of a 70,000 square foot Health, Wellness, and Fitness facility with activity and meeting rooms, basketball gyms, indoor volleyball, racquetball courts, and a well-equipped co-ed fitness facility, weightlifting room, and exercise rooms. In addition, outdoor space includes two softball fields, two sand volleyball courts, and a small picnic area next to the Trinity River. Other facilities include buildings for the Pottery Club and the Cowtown Gem, Mineral, & Glass Club.
CERA’s recreation program also features the Squaw Creek Golf Course, located in Willow Park, 18 miles west of the recreation complex off I-20. A clubhouse, including Golf Shop and Banquet Room, is situated on a hill overlooking the beautiful lake and acclaimed 18-hole course. Annual memberships are limited, but non-member guests may use the course on a pay-as-you-play greens fee and cart basis.
All of CERA’s facilities have been renovated. The renovation included a multi-million dollar modernization of the CERA Recreation Complex to include a new entry lobby, meeting rooms, and state-of-the-art equipment as well as a new Pottery Studio and facilities for the Gem, Mineral, & Glass Club.
Squaw Creek Golf Course has also seen a number of improvements. The Clubhouse was renovated into a “rustic Texas” look, paying homage to its Stage-Coach Stop history. A new practice area was constructed to include a new range, putting green, and target greens, followed by improvements to the existing greens, fairways, bunkers, and tee boxes.
At CERA, our mission remains the same: to develop and provide exceptional fitness, recreation, and leisure activities to foster healthy lifestyles for our members and their families. As learned from the past, there is always time to play.
The Board of Directors, comprised of volunteer representatives governs CERA to promote, organize, and manage the affairs of the Association. CERA employs a full-time manager and staff to maintain the association’s facilities and administer programs and services in accordance with the policies and rules approved by the Board of Directors. The enthusiasm, cooperation, and dedication of the CERA staff and Board members are the foundation to CERA’s success in providing some of the finest recreation programs and facilities available.
Corporate Employees Recreation Association maintains memberships in: