New Kroc Center to open in South Bend this weekend

By: Katherine Rufener Email
By: Katherine Rufener Email

What began as a dream is now reality in South Bend. The brand new Ray and Joan Kroc Community Center opens to the public on Saturday.

The 110,000 square foot building is designed to enrich people's lives physically, mentally and spiritually.

The Kroc Center has a Kid's Watch area where parents can get work done without their children. Children can go to the Kid's Watch room for $3 and they will be supervised for 2 hours at a time.

The Kroc Center's gymnasium promotes wellness in the community. Inside the gymnasium is a rock climbing wall, as well as a dance studio. There is also a room full of state of the art cardio and weight machines.

The kitchen inside the Kroc Center helps the community host organizations when they rent out rooms for gatherings. Currently the kitchen staff is preparing to make more than 10,000 desserts for the grand opening celebration. Tickets are still available for the gala but you must call soon. It costs $100 a plate and all of the money goes to the Kroc scholarship fund, which helps families with membership fees at the Kroc.

Besides being a place to let some stress go with your family, the Kroc Center also prides itself on being a place of faith. The Salvation Army is also a church.

Each week the Kroc Center offers a place for families of all faiths to come worship. Sundays at 10:00 a.m. members of the Kroc Church gather for one hour in a casual atmosphere. There are also small group classes for adults and bible school for children under age 10.

For information on how you can get involved at the Kroc Center, including membership pricing, click on the Big Red Bar.


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