Kroc center stays on schedule

Augusta's Salvation Army Kroc Center is 85 percent complete and on schedule for its Aug. 6 opening, according to officials who launched the inaugural sale of memberships Monday.

"Right now they're working on ceiling tiles and paint," said Derek Dugan, the center's communications director. "They're also making progress on the amphitheater and the boat dock on the canal."

Once completed, the 100,000-square-foot project will include an aquatics center, performing arts hall, gymnasium, amphitheater and many other amenities, in addition to a "first stop center" in a separate building nearby that will include space for social service organizations. Other amenities include a 25-person orchestra pit, birthday party rooms, locker rooms and family "cabana" dressing rooms.

Dugan said membership sales are being handled from the office at 113 Eve St. in one of the houses near the main Kroc Center building and online at krocaugusta.org.

Different rates are available for youths, adults and seniors. There is also special pricing for individuals and families, in addition to standard and Gold Card options.. All members will have access to all of the amenities and priority access and special member pricing to programs and events.

Gold Card members will pay additional fees each month to help support the scholarship program. They will be entitled to a 10 percent discount on merchandise, facility rentals and classes, and will receive advance notice of performances and classes, among other benefits.

The $100 million project along Broad Street will be dedicated during a series of events July 15-17.

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Categories of memberships, and their prices, will include:

- Youths 17 and younger: $15 a month or $162 a year; $20 a month or $216 a year for a Gold Card package

- Adults 18-61: $30 a month or $324 a year; $45 a month or $486 a year for a Gold Card package

- Family (up to six people): $50 a month or $540 a year; $65 a month or $702 a year for a Gold Card package

- Senior individual 62 and older: $25 a month or $270 a year; $31 a month or $334 a year for a Gold Card package

- Senior family (62 and older): $35 a month or $378 a year; $48 a month or $518 a year for a Gold Card package