Kroc Center

Citing successes, Kroc Center focuses on new programs

Salvation Army Kroc Center Fitness and Recreation Attendant Kenneth Heyward overseeing 10-year-old Jordan Edge of Dorchester as he participates in the Dribble, Dish & Swish basketball skills competition.Salvation Army Kroc Center Fitness and Recreation Attendant Kenneth Heyward overseeing 10-year-old Jordan Edge of Dorchester as he participates in the Dribble, Dish & Swish basketball skills competition.

Eight months after opening its doors, the Salvation Army’s Ray and Joan Kroc Center continues to expand its programming in hopes of drawing in new members.

With a current membership of 2,000 and plans to double that number by next June, the Uphams Corner-based community center’s staff has spent the past months monitoring and expanding some of their most popular programs, including a umber that are available to members and non-members alike.  Read more

New Kroc Center hailed, but fee structure remains concern

Kroc Center: Major William Bode of the Salvation Army, Mayor Tom Menino, John Hamill of Sovereign Bank and Linda Wendfeldt, Joan Kroc’s daughter, enjoy Saturday’s ribbon-cutting of the Kroc Community Center on Dudley Street, Dorchester. Photo courtesy Mayor’s office Kroc Center: Major William Bode of the Salvation Army, Mayor Tom Menino, John Hamill of Sovereign Bank and Linda Wendfeldt, Joan Kroc’s daughter, enjoy Saturday’s ribbon-cutting of the Kroc Community Center on Dudley Street, Dorchester. Photo courtesy Mayor’s office

The new Kroc Center seems to have it all as it aims to serve local residents and families and more than 19,000 children living within a mile of the facility: The aquatic enter center with a heated indoor water park and a water slide. The gymnasium with two high school regulation courts. And the rock climbing wall, a ropes course, and a performing arts center.

Located in the Uphams Corner section of Dorchester and hailed as a jewel, the $115 million center was formally opened with great fanfare on Saturday.

“The dream has been realized,” Mayor Tom Menino told a crowd assembled for the opening ceremony. Menino played a key role in assembling a fundraising team that raised millions of dollars to help buttress the much larger sum donated by the Kroc family to build the center.

But the Kroc Center remains somewhat of a work-in-progress. Political and community leaders are still working behind-the-scenes with Salvation Army officials, who operate the center, to ensure that local residents and families can afford the membership rates the center is asking— fees that some say are too high.  Read more

Sounds of renewal on Dudley Street

The communities of Dorchester and Roxbury came together Monday for the groundbreaking of a new community center that neighborhood residents and city officials hope will be a hub of services for the two populations, providing recreation and educational opportunities for a large cross-section of the local community.  Read more

Paving the way for Dot's new Kroc Center

Our community soon will be the beneficiary of a huge foundation grant that will help local families well into the future. The Salvation Army has received a commitment to construct a massive, 6.5 acre, $115 million community center on Dudley Street, just at the MBTA bridge near Uphams Corner. The project is funded with an $85 million grant from the Ray and Joan Kroc Foundation, with the proviso that the local community must raise a matching $30 million.  Read more

Chairman: Kroc Center close to fund goal

The money gap that has held up the construction of a new community center on Dudley Street is gradually closing - and could soon be filled entirely. That's the word from Soveriegn Bank chairman John Hamill, who is heading up the capital drive for the Salvation Army's Kroc Center.  Read more

Push bears fruit for Kroc Center in Uphams Corner

Hopes for a planned Salvation Army project to build a $115 million, 6.5-acre community center on Dudley Street in Uphams Corner seemed to brighten this week with the news that a new funding opportunity has emerged to help finance the project.  Read more