What you can expect from Quincy's new Kroc Center

You've probably seen the Salvation Army's new Kroc Center going up at 5th and Broadway in Quincy.

For those of you who might've forgotten what it is, here's a quick refresher.

Joan Kroc, the wife of McDonalds founder Ray Kroc, bequeathed her $1.7 billion estate to the national Salvation Army.

She wanted to create health centers across the country where children and their families could grow physically, spiritually and mentally.

Quincy was selected as a future site for a new Kroc Center in the fall of 2006.

It's going up at the site where the old Salvation Army used to be.

Only about 25 of them will be built throughout the U.S.

Quincy's center is scheduled to open by May or June of next year.

Four representatives from the Quincy Salvation Army now have a better idea of what they can expect when the new center opens.

They visited a Kroc Center in Coeur D'Alene, Idaho last week.

KHQA's Rajah Maples traveled with them on that trip to show the Tri-States what you can expect as well.

Coeur D'Alene, Idaho is about the size of Quincy with a population of about 44,000 people. Its Kroc Center went up about a year ago, and now has more than 20,000 members.

Quincy's Kroc Center will be slightly smaller than Coeur D'Alene's facility but not by much. That one is about 123,000 square feet while Quincy's will have about 100,000 square feet. But there will be many similarities between the two.

Quincy's Kroc Center will have an aquatic center, complete with a giant slide, lazy river and two lap lanes. You also can expect a rock-climbing wall, small cafe, outdoor playground and weight and fitness room, complete with fitness classes such as yoga and spinning.

The new Kroc Center also will feature an interactive, high-tech game room. Major John Chamness with Coeur D'Alene's Kroc Center says the center wanted to have a "Starbucks" feel complete with a cafe, wi-fi and a place to read and watch the news and hold Bible studies -- all features that you'll find in Quincy's facility.

It also will have a multi-use sports floor, like this one, that can be used for basketball, volleyball, roller hockey and dodge ball to name a few. The sports floor will come with seating for about 4- to 500 spectators.

Perhaps one of the Kroc Center's most important feature -- a place to worship and carry out the Salvation Army's mission of bringing people closer to God. Major Chamness says Sundays here have become a time to worship and workout.

You'll also be able to rent and reserve parts of the new Kroc Center for weddings, receptions and birthday parties.

We were told Coeur D'Alene did not have a YMCA, so the Kroc Center filled an unmet need in that community.

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