The Kroc Center in Philadelphia: Rates and Review

Wow.  Just wow.  The place is off-the-hook, first-rate, state of the art, just amazingly impressive.  At least for me it was.  As someone who grew up in suburban YMCA’s, this was like suddenly being in prime time.  A beautiful facility.

The Salvation Army Kroc center is very conveniently located for GAP area families.  From Chestnut Hill, it was a 17 minute drive mid-day.  Located at the intersection of Rt. 1 and Wissahickon, it would be even closer for Mt. Airy and Germantown families.  It’s also convenient to SEPTA bus routes.

The Kroc Center was made possible by donations from the Kroc family (of McDonald’s fame).  The 130,000 square foot facility is a community center on 12.4 acres of land.  It boasts community programs, recreational facilities and social services.  Everything is brand new and everything is beautifully done.  The pool is spectacular.  And it’s not just a pool.  It’s an aquatic dreamland.  There is a 10 lane, 25 meter competition pool (set to hold the Army Navy Swim Meet this Thursday night!).  And Jim ellis, legendary swim coach depicted in the movie Pride, will oversee the swim program.

There’s a separate wonderland for the recreational swimmer;  the recreational pool/waterpark has a one-story water slide, a lazy river, a huge bucket dump, an enormous wading area, and wonderful Nemo-inspired fountains of fun.  Oh, and they do birthday parties.

The facility also has much, much more to offer:
– an outdoor all-turf soccer/field hockey field
– a stunning cafe
– workout facilities galore
– basketball courts
– computer lab
– outdoor grill/pavillion
– worship/performance space
– ballet/dance/exercise studios
– music studio and rehearsal rooms
– on-site childcare for members using the facility
– early childhood center (opening 2011)
– after school programs
– adult education programs (financial literacy, GED, computers)
– community garden

There are exercise, dance, and activity classes of all stripes.  And I’m sure I’m forgetting plenty.  You have to see it for yourself, even if you don’t join.  Membership rates are reasonably priced when you consider that most classes are included (rather than added on to the cost of the membership).

Monthly Membership Rates:
Adult 19-61……….. $39
Household 3-4 …. $99
Household 3-8 …. $119
Senior………………. $33
Youth………………. $25
(kids under 5 years old are free on household memberships)

Annual Memberships:
Adult 19-61……….. $428

Household 3-4 …. $1,089
Household 3-8 …. $1,309
Senior………………. $363
Youth………………. $275
Enrollment Fees:
Adults 19-61…….. $99
Household………. $149
Senior 62+………. $89
Youth……………… $49* Need-based scholarships available.

9 thoughts on “The Kroc Center in Philadelphia: Rates and Review

  • Anonymous

    do you have silver sneakers?

  • misterlucky

    that place actually is everything you said it is, and more. Apparently one of the better uses for a billion dollar inheritance..the Salvation Army has every right to be proud of themselves, as does Ray and Joan Kroc, R.I.P….The facility programming is as beautiful as the facility itself. Evey kid in that surrounding neighborhood should at least visit there once in their lifetime, just to see what people can do, when in their right mind.

  • Anonymous

    Horrible customer service. The pool staff is rude. And the management is deplorable and unhelpful!

    • Mack

      I had the same experience.

  • Mack

    Horrible customer service is putting it mildly.

    • Anonymous

      I agree

  • Jen

    Yup. Not very good serving people. Many of the staff are quite rude and talk down to people. Supposed to christians too. the one in camden they are nicer to people.

  • jay

    I’m been very pleased with the Kroc Center. The facilities, service and the staff are all top notch. I make a point to go 3-5 times a week. I do find it pricey, but overall it’s well worth the investment.

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