Three years after breaking ground, Memphians are invited to Flock to The Kroc this weekend, as the 100,000-square-foot community center opens for the first time to the public.
The Salvation Army in Memphis raised $25 million in the last six years that was added to the $60 million from the Kroc estate.
Three years after the project broke ground, it is ready for the public.
"Everybody's just overwhelmed with how beautiful the center has turned out and we're looking forward to this opening weekend," said Steve Carpenter, Kroc Director of Operations.
When Joan Kroc envisioned the center, her stipulations were that they all include services focused on arts, education, recreation, and worship. The Memphis Kroc Center definitely caters to all of those needs from a state of the art aquatic center to an AutoZone challenge center, the likes of which no other Kroc center has ever seen.
"So instead of like having to go in a room and say, 'Close your eyes, you're in a boiler room,' you can go in there, it looks like a boiler room and say you're actually in a boiler room," said Denardo Crawford, Kroc engineer.
The challenge center includes a three-story obstacle course with a cargo net ropes and a zip line.
The Baptist Memorial Healthcare Fitness Center will offer state of the art equipment, group fitness classes, and personal trainers.
Month to month individual memberships are $30 and $50 for a household of four.
"Memphis is a wonderful supportive place and we hope to see a lot of people through the doors," Carpenter said.