Welcome to The Kroc Center

A great place to learn and grow.

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Welcome to The Kroc Center

A great place to learn and grow.

Welcome to The Kroc Center Image

Welcome to The Kroc Center

A great place to learn and grow.

Welcome to The Kroc Center Image

Welcome to The Kroc Center

A great place to learn and grow.

 

Learn more about The Kroc Center in Diego

The Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center is a 12.4-acre family support, education, recreation, and cultural arts center. The facility is open to members and the general public, and serves residents of East San Diego, La Mesa and Lemon Grove with a variety of quality programs for individuals of all ages.

Development of the Kroc Center was made possible by a $90 million combined capital and endowment grant from a bequest to The Salvation Army by the late Mrs. Joan Kroc, widow of McDonald’s founder Ray Kroc.

Kroc Center Features:

  • 25 meter x 25 yard short course Competition Pool (80-82 degrees)
  •  Recreation Pool (86-88 degrees); indoor warm water Therapy Pool (90-92 degrees)
  •  Multipurpose gym with an NCAA regulation basketball court designed for basketball, indoor soccer, volleyball, pickleball, and more
  • Fitness Center, including over 50 pieces of cardio equipment, a weight room, and track
  • Group Fitness and Cycling Studios
  • 540-seat Performing Arts Theatre with motorized orchestra pit, scene shop, dressing rooms, and green rooms.
  • Four Community Rooms for classes, meetings, and more
  • Conveniently located Mission Brew Coffee
  • 55,000 square-foot field is bordered on the south by a challenge course consisting of several low and high rope course elements, and a 30-foot tall rock-climbing tower
  • Dance, Gymnastics, Music, and Art Studios. Piano Lab, vocal and instrumental practice rooms. Children’s library, Fireside Room, classrooms, and tutoring rooms

 

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SAN DIEGO KROC CENTER VISION:

In keeping with the mission and holistic approach of The Salvation Army, The Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center provides opportunities that facilitate positive, life-changing experiences through: art, athletics, personal development, spiritual discovery and community service. The Salvation Army Kroc Center’s facilities, programs, and services, bridge the gap between potential and opportunity for children and adults, by strengthening individuals and families, and enriching the lives of seniors.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Kroc Centers started with one woman's dream:
Meet Joan Kroc, Philanthropist & Kroc Benefactor

Joan Kroc, wife of McDonald’s founder Ray Kroc, said that she took a tour of San Diego and it was then that she recognized a community that was in desperate need of a safe gathering place, a place with facilities and trained professionals to nurture children’s social skills, arts appreciation and athletic potential. She described The Kroc Center as being a beacon of light and hope in the community.

Mrs. Kroc entrusted The Salvation Army with $90 million to build the first Kroc Center in the Rolando neighborhood of San Diego. Sadly, she passed away a little more than a year after it opened. She was so pleased with what was accomplished here that she left $1.5 billion to The Salvation Army to build centers like this across the country. Today, there are 26 Kroc Centers nationwide.

 

 We can help bring our city together by declaring our love to all of its children and showing them the faith we have in their future. 

–Joan Kroc, 1998

 



The Salvation Army Mission

The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.

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