Workers started installing a two-story waterslide in Norfolk’s Broadcreek neighborhood today. The waterslide is just one part of a $100 million community center project.
Construction on the Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center started in the summer of 2012. Anyone can join the center, but it was built especially with one group in mind.
“When we looked at this particular area, we believed it could serve it well, not just now, but for the next 50 years,” said Salvation Army Captain Brett Meredith. “We believe that it will make a difference in the lives, particularly of children. We want to see children grow up and have great opportunity.”
The center will offer day and summer camps, as well as educational programs, some offered through community partners, like the Virginia Symphony.
“We’re partnering with them to build an educational program that will teach 60 first, second and third graders strings annually, and then we’re going to grow it by a grade every year,” Meredith said. “So we’re very excited, because we believe that’s going to impact young people tremendously.”
The center will offer a fitness center, 400-seat theater, educational programs, and community rooms when it opens at the end of April.
You can use a sliding pay scale for membership fees.