Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center

It may sound like the dying scream of a Western gunslinger, but SARJKCCC is actually the new 52,000 square foot community center that the Salvation Army is building on Division Street next to Yankie Stadium. This location will be familiar to many volunteers as the former home of the large Salvation Army dome, which was dismantled in September 2009.

According to WLOX, the facility will include “a full-size gymnasium, dance and aerobics studio, and weight and fitness rooms with all sorts of cardio and exercise equipment.” It will also have an indoor swimming area with a two-story water slide, splash pad, and exercise pool. “For the community,” according to WLOX, “there’s a dining hall and kitchen, computer training center with wireless access, a childcare facility, and plenty of space for meetings, art and music exhibits,” as well as a chapel that can function as a performing arts center. The existing stadium, with its bleachers, field, and walking track, will stay, and receive future upgrades. [Source: WLOX News].

After a long lull that followed the ceremonial groundbreaking in 2009, construction seems to be proceeding quickly. The Salvation Army plans to open the center in 2011.

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