The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center (Grand Rapids, Mich.) | Athletic Business

The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center (Grand Rapids, Mich.)

Grand Rapids, Michigan
Construction Cost: $25 million
Area / Square Feet: 105,000
Occupancy Date: October 2010

Envisioned as a beacon of hope for the community, the Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center of Grand Rapids incorporates a 400-seat performing arts center with a stage that can accommodate a 75-member band, multiple indoor and outdoor worship spaces, and a classroom and conference area for tutoring, mentoring, skills development and job training.

The multiuse gymnasium features a main court and two secondary courts, with spectator seating available. The fitness center boasts 75 exercise machines and a 30-foot climbing wall, while additional recreation center spaces include game rooms, a café and a childcare center. The aquatic center accommodates water exercise, therapy, swim lessons, recreation and water sports through several main components: a two-lane lap pool, a waterslide area, a lazy river and a zero-depth-entry leisure pool.

Adjacent property acquisitions, generous construction easements and city land agreements yielded fantastic opportunities for outdoor facilities, including two soccer fields, a softball field, a sand volleyball court, a six-station basketball court doubling as an ice rink in winter, a 400-seat outdoor amphitheater, an outdoor zero-depth water play area, a 300-foot-long hillside waterslide, community gardens, a meditation garden with a water feature, local trail connections, two playgrounds and a fishing pond stocked with perch, bluegill and bass that also serves as an irrigation reservoir.