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October 2011

Greenville’s Kroc Center Opens

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Kroc Center Ribbon Cutting
Although it won’t be officially open until mid-October, Greenville’s Kroc Center announced its completion with a four-day celebration that began September 29, 2011

The Center was funded by a bequest from Joan Kroc, widow of McDonald’s founder Ray Kroc, and by local contributions.  The CGD-designed complex includes a 300-seat chapel and theatre, along with a conference center and fellowship hall.  A 16-court tennis complex that opened earlier this summer is joined by a new aquatics center, basketball courts, soccer field, and fitness facility. The Kroc Center is also home to the Boys and Girls Club.

Kroc Entrance near the end of constructionThe Center shares a site with the CGD-designed A.J. Whittenberg Elementary School of Engineering.  It is placed strategically between the city’s central business district and economically-challenged West Greenville, a decision that Greenville Mayor Knox White believes, “is going to transform this community.”