KROC CENTER PRESSROOM
“The big idea of the Kroc Center is to be a facility that brings the community together with proactive programs,” said Capt. Jonathan Rich, the area commander. “Every economic strata, every racial class is enjoying the Kroc Center. … The women and children that we work with have an opportunity to enjoy the Kroc Center as well. Many of the homeless women in our classes participate in our Zumba class.”
Body, Mind, and Spirit - Reaching out from the city’s heart, the Salvation Army Kroc Center touches the whole person.
In a gleaming facility on East Parkway near Central Avenue, bodies sweat in the fitness center or gyrate in the gym to a Zumba beat. Kids gallop over hurdles and groove to dance moves, while their parents lift barbells, swim laps, shoot basketballs, or burn calories on a spin bike.
"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.
It rises out of the old Mid-South Fairgrounds like a steel colossus, and in less than a year, it will come to life...
"Thankfully, that has all been resolved," said Maj. Mark Woodcock, the Salvation Army's area commander. "We are full speed ahead."