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Meet Glynis Eckert of The Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center in Rolando

Today we’d like to introduce you to Glynis Eckert.

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.

Has it been a smooth road?
We are proud to be a part of San Diego for over 15 years. As we grow and learn, always adaptable, we continue to transform the community for the good. One challenge we have is enough parking for our expanding membership…

The proposed expansion of the San Diego Kroc Center, or Kroc 2, will feature an elevated sports deck, including arena soccer, and an expanded wellness center. There will be an additional 17,311 square feet of facility and 132 additional parking spaces, for a total of 511 spaces. With funding and corporate approval, we hope construction can begin in 2019.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with The Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
The Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center is a 12.4-acre family support, education, recreation, and cultural arts center. The facility is open to members and the general public, and serves residents of East San Diego, La Mesa and Lemon Grove with a variety of quality programs for individuals of all ages.

Development of the Kroc Center was made possible by a $90 million combined capital and endowment grant from a bequest to The Salvation Army by the late Mrs. Joan Kroc, widow of McDonald’s founder Ray Kroc.

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.

The Kroc Center is all about community involvement and engagement. We offer fitness classes, 3 pools, an ice arena, dance & music classes, a performing arts theatre, day camp, preschool, rentals, volunteer opportunities and more. People want to belong to a community center for human connection. As more and more of our lives become distanced with technology, the Kroc Center will be a key point for this community to stay connected.


  • Individual memberships start at $27 per month
  • Public ice skating on Sundays is $8

Contact Info:

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  • Phone: 619-269-1412
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Image Credit:
Peter Delgado
Sachiko Stearns

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