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New Kroc Centers Open in Texas and Michigan

OVERLAND PARK, KS -- The Salvation Army is continuing to build its presence in the nonprofit fitness center market with the opening this week of two facilities.

There are now 11 Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Centers across the country, built through a posthumous gift from philanthropist Joan Kroc, widow of McDonald’s founder Ray Kroc.

A $31-million-dollar facility opened Nov. 1 in Kerrville, TX. Within the 48,000-square-foot community center are a multi-activity gymnasium, a group exercise studio and a 4,600-square-foot fitness center featuring Life Fitness and Precor strength and cardio equipment, many with personal viewing screens. Outdoor amenities include a jogging track, a lap pool and a leisure pool with waterslide and beach entry.

Membership fees at the Kerrville Kroc Center are $35 per month for single adults. Family memberships start at $80 per month.

This week also marked the official opening of a Kroc Center in Grand Rapids, MI.

In addition to an 8,000-square-foot health and wellness center with 75 exercise machines, a free-weight area and a 30-foot rock climbing tower, the Grand Rapids facility features a 7,000-square-foot indoor aquatic center with a two-lane lap pool, waterslide area, lazy river and beach-entry leisure pool. An outdoor sports and recreation area, with a high-ropes course and facilities for various team sports and ice skating, also is included within the facility’s 20,000 acres.

Single adult memberships at the Grand Rapids facility cost $30 per month. Full family memberships are $70 per month and include free drop-in child care.

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