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Faith in Action

The Invisible Path

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“WOW” • The Salvation Army

Parents were kids once too, and jjst like their own kids , they love exploring the Kroc Center because they find fun, fitness, learning and personal growth all in one place. Adults can get fit while using the latest cardiovascular and weight equipment, swimming laps or taking fitness classes. The kids will love the recreation pool, which includes a water slide and lazy river. Children can play in the game room, use the computer lab or shoot hoops in the gymnasium. The whole family can also enjoy events such as movie nights in the aquatics center. And all this is just the tip of the iceberg because once you experience the Kroc Center, you’ll see how much there is to do, including sports leagues, Camp Kroc summer day camp, pottery, dance, swim lessons and more.

Omaha's Kroc Center is one of the first to open nationwide. The Kroc Centers were made possible by a $1.5 billion donation to The Salvation Army from the late Joan Kroc, wife of McDonald’s founder Ray Kroc. In addition, Omaha organizations and philanthropists raised $15 million of the total $75 million local investment to make the Omaha Kroc Center a reality.

“The Kroc Center has a fabulous fitness area and aquatics center but we offer even more,” said Major Todd Thielke, Senior Kroc Center Officer. “Our 122,000 square foot multi-faceted facility also provides education, recreation, creative arts and most importantly, a place where individuals and families feel welcome and supported in physical, intellectual and spiritual development.”

Anyone can come to the Kroc Center and use all of the facilities for just a $5 guest fee. In addition, a variety of membership types are offered at reasonable rates. Businesses, groups and individuals can rent the Kroc Center spaces for traditional meetings, retreats, team building, and employee outings. Groups are finding the Kroc Center is the perfect spot for local and regional special events. Along with the beautiful facilities, there are delicious menus that are created by the Kroc Center's in-house executive chef and prepared in our large commercial kitchen.

Additional highlights include:

  • Expansive Aquatics Center with a six lane Competition Pool and a Recreation Pool featuring a lazy stream and water slide.
  • Fabulous Fitness Center with advanced equipment, a variety of classes and expert trainers.
  • Gymnasium Complex with three full-size basketball courts and bleacher seating.
  • The Joyce Mammel Assembly Hall with 525 seats and performance acoustics.
  • A total of 16 classrooms in the Suzanne and Walter Scott Education Center are for education, performing arts and creative arts classes.
  • The Dr. Stanley and Dorothy Truhlsen Learning Center has 40 computers.
  • The 400-seat Fellowship Hall and the Ricketts Family Chapel.
  • Outdoor Sports Fields Complex and Festival Plaza with approximately 390,000 square feet of green space.
  • 500 free parking spaces

The late Joan Kroc was once quoted as saying, “We can help bring our city together by declaring our love to all of its children and showing them the faith we have in their future.”

That’s a “WOW” factor that is available to everyone every day at the Omaha Kroc Center.

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