Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center

Project Type:
Community Recreation
Grand Rapids, Michigan

Joan Kroc, the widow of McDonald’s restaurant founder Ray Kroc, donated $1.6 billion to The Salvation Army for the purpose of establishing centers that offer opportunity, education, recreation and inspiration. Located throughout the United States, these centers are dubbed The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center.

The definition:

A Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center should consist of facilities and programs of superb quality that provide children, youth, families and individuals with character- and confidence-building educational and recreational arts and other activities; it should also be a beacon of hope and an agent of change in an underserved community.

After overcoming some site obstacles, the LEED-certified community center is now a 20-acre education, recreation, cultural arts and worship facility. It is a place for families and the community to grow.

WTI was proud to be the designer and engineer of the highly anticipated aquatic center. The leisure pool, two-lane lap pool, current channel and plunge pool will all be used for water exercise, therapy, swimming lessons and other recreation and sports programs.

Project Highlights
  • 4,389-square-foot leisure/lap pool
  • Zero depth entry
  • Geysers
  • Interactive play structure
  • Deck sprays
  • Hydrotherapy bench
  • 88 LF current channel
  • Body flume slide
  • 220-square-foot family whirlpool
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