Photo Gallery | Kroc Center opens doors to charter members
The Salvation Army Kroc Center opened its doors this week to charter members as the organization makes its finishing touches on the facility.
The $25 million complex has been years in the making, pushing back the grand opening dates for programming and construction tweaks.
“The delays were not due to financial issues and did not impact the local salvation army or local money that was contributed,” said major commander for Salvation Army in Memphis Mark Woodcock early last year.
The Kroc center has collaborated with Memphis corporations on their multipurpose areas - one is a challenge course. With the help of AutoZone, community center members will be engaged in an environment that is physically and intellectually stimulating.
FedEx donated the multi-sport gymnasium that also converts into a theater for music performances. The Kroc Center’s theater will be used to present movies and serve as a place of worship.The gym also has an indoor soccer field and basketball court - it will have a futuristic theme.
The aquatics center will include, a water slide, lap lanes, and a lazy river - the main focus of this area is to teach kids how to swim.
According to an email sent to charter members, the construction contractor is still making final touches on the building’s interior and pool.
The Baptist Memorial Health Care Fitness Center and FedEx Gym available to charter members.
Public relations manager for the Salvation Army Memphis Ellen Westbrook said all 30 Kroc Centers in the United States remain a place for recreation, education, worship and arts as the visionary donor requested. In 2004, Joan Kroc donated $1.5 billion of matching funds for the construction of all centers.
“It is something Memphis can proud of having a part in,” Westbrook said.
Early access is available for Kroc Center Charter Members ends Friday, February 22, 2013. Modified times are: 6 a.m. – 9 a.m.; 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.; 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.
The Kroc Center begins their normal hours of operation February 25. Click here for hours and more information.