In January 2004, McDonald's heiress Joan Kroc left a gift of $1.5 billion to The Salvation Army to build and help operate corps community centers across the country. After 20 months and three competitive phases, The Salvation Army in Salem, OR was awarded a portion of the Ray and Joan Kroc gift to build and operate The Kroc Center in Salem. Salem has received $35.5 million from the Ray and Joan Kroc gift to build the Community Center and $35.5 for an endowment to help operate the facility. Local fundraising efforts brought the total project contribution to $81 million.
The Kroc Center will be hosting a Grand Opening Celebration & Ribbon Cutting at 9:30 am on Saturday, September 26th, 2009. This celebration will be open to the whole community and will have a number of exciting events and activities geared to introducing you and your family to all the Kroc Center has to offer.
The first official day of business will be Monday, September 28, 2009. Check out our information on membership and programs, and be sure to drop by the Kroc Center to sign up now. Members enrolled before September 27th, will have the $50 registration fee waived, so don’t delay to become one of the first Kroc Center members! For membership information click here.
What you'll find at the Kroc Center:
Junior Olympic competition pool (25 yards x 25 meters)
In the competition pool area there are team meeting rooms that can be reserved for other events such as parties, private team locker areas, a competition management area, in addition to bleachers with seating for 200.
Indoor water park featuring a gently sloping triple-loop slide, a lazy river for floating, a warm-water area for classes, and a very large hot tub.
Outdoor Splash ‘n Play area designed to resemble the Oregon Coast with rock features and real driftwood. Active water features, picnic tables and lounging space for the family!
Basketball courts! A Full size NBA court that can be divided into two practice courts for additional play and tournaments.
Fitness Center including the latest in cardiovascular, circuit training and weight training equipment; our team of professional trainers will be there to answer questions and help you reach your goals.
Group Exercise & Dance Studio: This space features a custom wood floor and will host classes in dance and group fitness for children, teens and the adult population.
Custom rock climbing wall for daily use and for special events and fun activities.
Party rooms! Right outside the Indoor Water Park in view of the rock climbing wall, there are party rooms for hosting your own private event!
Auditorium/Chapel with the latest in Audio-Video technology, a stunning stage, a "green" room, and seating for over 280; this venue is perfect for a wedding, live performance or presentation.
Outdoor amphitheater with stage and seating for our outdoor events!
Community rooms ~ these are our banquet and event rooms with stunning hardwood floors and high ceilings and windows. These can be used as a large ballroom or divided into multiple rooms for smaller groups.
Boardrooms: two boardrooms that can be opened into one large room for meetings or classroom style activities.
Classrooms, art/media center, computer lab, library, game room, teen center and lounge area are some of the additional features of our community center.
Full kitchen and coffee service: we offer complete food and beverage service with our meeting space.
Early Childhood Education Center… Managed by Head Start during the school year and used for Kroc Center Camps in the summer, this dedicated space offers an outdoor play area.
Short term child care available for guardians that are on site. Care limited to 2 hours per visit.
Outdoor Prayer Garden
Vending machines for healthy snacks and beverages
Espresso Coffee carte (this is mobile and can be reserved for special events!)
Lockers and dressing rooms
Wireless Internet Access (WiFi)
Outdoor playing fields
Green space for events and outdoor activities
To find out more about the Kroc Center click here.