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The 43,000-square-foot facility serves as a place of worship for members of The Salvation Army and as a community center intended to serve the greatest number of people experiencing the greatest need. We seek to fulfill Joan Kroc’s vision by providing easy access to the arts, music, sports, and educational programming for each and every member of our community. The facility currently features a worship center, field house, classrooms, a fun zone, and a community room.

A $7.2 million dollar expansion project is under way and will take the existing facility to a new level, adding an indoor waterpark, fitness facility, locker rooms, a community hub with expanded concessions, and multipurpose rooms and lounge space to the current campus.

Prior to the opening of the Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center, The Salvation Army was located at 40 East 3rd Street, Ashland, Ohio. Less than a mile away from the Kroc Center, the 3rd Street location served as the home of The Salvation Army Ashland Corps ministry from 1937 until the opening of the Kroc Center in April of 2009. The chapel cross, featured as you drive into the Kroc Center, was created from steel beams from the building. Upon entering the Kroc Center, previous items from the building can be found in the prayer room, RJ's place, and other rooms in the facility.

Kroc Center Features:

  • Field house  
    • Available for batting cages
    • Indoor soccer
    • Flag football
    • Laser Tag
    • Rentals
    • Zorb Soccer
  • Multi-purpose gym (with new floor in summer of 2020) designed for basketball, indoor soccer, volleyball, pickleball, and more
  • Fitness Center and Indoor Waterpark opening as part of expansion in late 2021
  • Community Rooms available for classes, meetings, rentals, birthday parties and more!
  • Concessions available for certain in-house events


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In keeping with the mission and holistic approach of The Salvation Army, The Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center provides opportunities that facilitate positive, life-changing experiences through: art, athletics, personal development, spiritual discovery and community service. The Salvation Army Kroc Center’s facilities, programs and services bridge the gap between potential and opportunity for children and adults, strengthen individuals and families, and enrich the lives of seniors.


 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. 

–Joan Kroc, 1998


The Kroc Centers started with one woman's dream:
Meet Joan Kroc, Philanthropist & Kroc Benefactor

Joan Kroc, wife of McDonald’s founder Ray Kroc, said that she took a tour of San Diego and it was then that she recognized a community that was in desperate need of a safe gathering place, a place with facilities and trained professionals to nurture children’s social skills, arts appreciation and athletic potential. She described The Kroc Center as being a beacon of light and hope in the community.

Mrs. Kroc entrusted The Salvation Army with $90 million to build the first Kroc Center in the Rolando neighborhood of San Diego. Sadly, she passed away a little more than a year after it opened. She was so pleased with what was accomplished here that she left $1.5 billion to The Salvation Army to build centers like this across the country. Today, there are 26 Kroc Centers nationwide







The Salvation Army Mission

The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.

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