The Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center at 424 Westfield Street in downtown Greenville, South Carolina is green-built. With state-of-the art indoor and outdoor facilities, the site offers opportunities for recreational wellness, educational and spiritual interests and a community meeting place.
The 74,000-square-foot main building is anticipated LEED silver certified, built by Crozier Architecture full of natural light and stonework on a brownfield site. Priority was given to energy and water efficiency, indoor air quality, resource stewardship and reduction of carbon dioxide emissions.
The Fred Collins Performing Arts and Worship Center “provides an intimate performance space featuring seating for up to 340 people, a proscenium-style sprung-floor stage, an automated curtain system to provide a black box theater setting, a loading dock, as well as dressing rooms, green room, sound room and box office.” The center is perfect for performances of plays and music, or renting for weddings and corporate meetings.
The 4,800 square foot Waggoner Conference Center and Younts Courtyard offer meeting space for up to 288 people seated banquet style around tables or 400 people in chairs theater style and can be divided into five smaller rooms by the adjustable interior walls. The conference center has the latest audio visual equipment, projector, screen and sound, and has full service catering support. The courtyard is available for increasing the number of attendees as an overflow area.
In the three room child watch area, children aged infant to five years can safely play with age-appropriate toys, game consoles, or watch television safely. Older youth club members have their own entrance into the self-contained Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of Greenville County area with game room, teen lounge, are/homework room, fully stocked computer lab, and mega-projection entertainment system.
The Gymnasium offers retractable bleacher seating for 400 people by the regulation high-school court, no seating with two courts, volleyball, floor hockey or roller skating on the durable linoleum sprung flooring. In the family-friendly Fitness Center are high quality cardio-equipment and circuit training systems. Located close to the kids’ areas, parents can work out while their children are playing on a team or in a program nearby. It overlooks the Swamp Rabbit Trail and the soccer field outside.
The Aquatics Center includes a 25-yard, 6-lane lap pool, a 12 person spa tub, a zero-entry pool with many water features such as a full-sized water slide exiting the building and re-entering into the main pool. In the 80 person Kroc Café beside the Aquatics area, waiting parents can watch their children, or anyone can work on the free WiFi or watch television. The Café can be rented for gatherings.
Outside are play areas, a rock climbing wall, a tennis area of 8 clay and 8 hard tennis courts, “QuickStart” courts child-sized for ages four and over, a huge practice backboard and a programmable ball machine. The largest feature on site is the 80,500-square-foot FIFA-regulated synthetic soccer field, the only one in the Upstate, with portable bleachers and remote-controlled electronic lighting for league play or exhibition matches.
The center is members only, see the webpage for membership information, but day passes can be purchased. Until June 30, 2013, there is a chance for 5 free guest passes if you visit the site, like the Center’s picture and share it on Facebook. Visit the facility paid for by Joan Kroc’s $1.6 billion dollar contribution to build Salvation Army Kroc Centers across the country. Her husband Raymond Albert “Ray” Kroc built McDonald’s into the most successful food franchise worldwide. Call 864.527.5948 for more information, events and program schedules.