SOUTH BEND -- It isn't just for the needy or the neighborhood.
When the Kroc Center in South Bend opens its doors in January, it will
serve community residents from all walks of life -- old and young,
single and families, and all backgrounds and income levels.
"We want people to have a sense of belonging here. This is a place
where you can be part of a community," said Patricia Phillips, the
Kroc Center's strategic planning and development director.
But people need to buy memberships or day passes if they want to slip
on the water slide, exercise in the fitness center, type on the
computers, play with the Wii or use most parts of the center.
The price of a standard, full membership ranges from $20 per month for
a youth age 11 to 17 to $57 per month for a family of five. Day passes
range from $8 per youth to $37 per family.
Scholarships are available for low- and moderate-income residents,
discounting the membership price by 25, 50 or 75 percent based on
income level. About 25 percent of members are expected to be
scholarship members. The dues from paying members will finance part of
Charter memberships are available for purchase now, in advance of the