Caroline Ashe Your Source in Augusta, GA Real Estate July 21st, 2011
Augusta has exciting news! The awaited opening of The Kroc Center is Augusta 6, 2011….only 16 days away! All of Augusta is a buzz as they say! I often get asked, “What is The Kroc Center?”
The Kroc Center is more than a community center, but in a sense that’s exactly what it is. A place where people from all walks of life will learn, play and be entertained. The Kroc Center spans a 17 acre tract in the historic Harrisburg community along the banks of the Augusta Canal. Renovation of several historic homes and a Harrisburg church are under way as well. With 100,000 of square footage The Kroc Center will be a place to be and be seen in Augusta!
The Kroc Center has 5 main services for the Augusta community:
1. The First Stop Family Service Center
- A full continuum of services will be provided in one center, including:
- a food pantry
- rent and utilities assistance
- access to veteran, senior, and other services
2. Educational Programs
3. State of the art recreational facilities
- A full-sized fitness center, including:
- a gym
- an aerobics room
- weight and fitness training equipment
- An aquatics center, with a pool providing:
- lap lanes
- a waterslide
- splash park
- fitness area for water therapy classes
4. Center of the Arts (400 seat theater)
5. Active Christian church with weekly services
Truly a place where Augusta can grow…mind…body and spirit!
How did The Kroc Center come to be? The estate of Joan Kroc bequest the single largest amount of $1.7 billion to establish Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Centers across the US. The Salvation Army in Augusta, in 2006 saw a wonderful opportunity and applied and was granted a Kroc Center which came with $33.9 million in construction money and an 33.9 million in operational endowment. After the Salvation Army earmark money for additional operational monies, the city of Augusta was tasked with raising $20 million to finalize and secure The Kroc Center in Augusta. The city’s government and it’s resident’s enthusiasm and support was efficient and The Kroc Center is a beautiful addition to Augusta.
Make you plans to visit and enjoy what will be “the meeting spot”, I’m certain of it!
The Kroc Center
1833 Broad Street
Augusta, GA 30904
From downtown Augusta:Take Broad Street towards Lake Olmstead. Pass 15th Street and Crawford Avenue. Turn right on Eve Street. Kroc HQ is on the left in 115 Eve. Parking is available in the rear alley and on the ends of the row of houses.
From Washington Road: Take Washington Road towards downtown. Washington Road will turn into Calhoun Expressway. Take the Eve Street/Crawford Street exit from Calhoun Expressway. Turn left on Eve Street. Cross Broad Street. Kroc HQ is on the left in 115 Eve. Parking is available in the rear alley and on the ends of the row of houses.
From I-20 via Riverwatch:Exit I-20 and take Riverwatch Parkway towards downtown Augusta. Turn right on 15th Street. Turn right on Broad Street. Pass Crawford Avenue. Turn right on Eve Street. Kroc HQ is on the left at 115 Eve. Parking is available in the rear alley and on the ends of the row of houses.