KROC CENTER PRESSROOM
The state-of-the-art Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center has welcomed more than 10,000 visitors in its first few days.
Our construction contractor is still making final touches on the building’s interior and pool, but we want to make the Baptist Memorial Health Care Fitness Center and FedEx Gym available to our wonderful Charter Members!
Set to open February 23, the Salvation Army Kroc Center will not only transform the physical landscape of the former Mid-South Fairgrounds, but plans to edify the people of the many diverse communities surrounding the facility as well. Stephen Carpenter, the Kroc Center’s director of operations, met with RSVP editor Leah Fitzpatrick on the 110,000-square-foot site as it was still under construction to show off what will be the center’s arts, education, recreation and worship components—all were stipulated by the late Joan Kroc (the wife of the founder of McDonald’s), who left $1.8 billion to the Salvation Army for 27 Kroc Centers to be built nationwide. From a giant fire pit, courtyard and soccer fields outside to unique challenge areas, a theater and aquatics area inside, the center has a host of spaces where members can grow physically, spiritually and mentally, and the list of services will continually evolve to meet the community’s needs. Carpenter promises, “We’ll change with what people want to do.”
More than just a community center, The Kroc Center is the center of Memphis, focused on building better lives and a better city. We asked kids K-12 around the city to illustrate what they think it means to "BUILD ME, BUILD MEMPHIS, BUILD US" using the concepts of Art, Education, Recreation or Worship. Judging was held by the Junior League of Memphis. Winners were selected from three ages groups.
The Cooper-Young community will soon have a new neighbor once the Kroc Center complex is completed next year.
The Kroc Center is set to open Feb. 23 and will feature many different areas for members to enjoy, including an aquatics area, a fitness area and even an indoor Astroturf sports court.
“It really addresses the needs in the community relating to education, recreation, arts and worship,” said Capt. John Rich, area commander of the Memphis Salvation Army.
The Memphis Kroc Center has been six years in the making.
"Montgomery Martin Contractors LLC is scheduled to complete the construction of the 104,000-square-foot learning, recreation and worship center on 15 acres adjacent to the Mid-South Fairgrounds by the end of December.
After that comes the moving in of office furniture and equipment, followed by the opening of the facility to charter members, said Stephen Carpenter, director of operations for the Kroc Center. Feb. 23-24 will be the open house and dedication."
Although access to amenities like its indoor pool and water slide won't be available until January, the Salvation Army Kroc Center is offering the public sneak peeks of its $31 million facility at the Fairgrounds one day each month starting Saturday.
After years of planning and lengthy construction delay, The Salvation Army Kroc Center in Memphis is preparing to open its doors.
Please join us in welcoming Captains Jonathan and Barbara Rich, the new Area Commanders of The Salvation Army Memphis. Both fifth generation Salvation Army Officers, they relocate from Kansas, bringing a breadth of Army training, education and private sector experience.