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Opening weekend for the center is set for April 24-27 and will kick-off with the Hope Gala, a black-tie ticketed event.

Along with an indoor water park, the estimated $40 million facility at the corner of Ballentine Boulevard and Princess Anne Road, will house a gym, fitness areas, community rooms, and a 400-seat chapel theater for performing arts and worship space. The aquatics area will feature a lazy river, zero-entry pool and lap lanes. There's also a teen lounge, community rooms and a kitchen.

Funding for construction of the center has been provided by Joan Kroc, widow of McDonald's founder Ray Kroc.

In an email, Kelly Straub with the Salvation Army Hampton Roads Area Command said "construction is covered; however, there is a matching endowment requirement which is $980,000 from completion." Another $28 million for the center had to be raised locally. Philanthropist Joshua Darden was chairperson of the campaign.

"When he "We want to finish and fully fund this campaign in Josh's honor."

Membership rates will be: $48 per month for adults, ages 18-64; $70 per month for couples; $43.20 per month for youth (ages 3-17) and seniors (ages 65 and older); and $85 per month for families (two adults and up to six youth). There's a 10 percent discount for corporate rates and for first-responders, active-duty military, and primary and secondary teachers.

Scholarships will be available based on federal poverty guidelines and need, according to the Salvation Army. Membership fees include use of the fitness area, gym, track and aquatics center, and group fitness classes. Sales start Feb. 17.

At a recent job fair held for the center Feb. 1, more than 730 applications were collected, said Straub. Additional jobs will be posted online. For details, visit www.KrocCenterHRVA.org.

"We are very excited to be preparing to open this world class facility in April and it will be one of the biggest surprise parties Hampton Roads has ever seen," said Brett Meredith, captain with the Salvation Army Hampton Roads Area Command.

Jennifer Mason, 446-2259,jennifer.mason@pilotonline.com

 

 

 

February 9, 2014

 

 
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