Construction has started on a splash park at the Salvation Army Dayton Kroc Center that is part of a $6.7 million expansion project. The new outdoor spray park, called Kroc Pond, will open by Memorial Day, in time to serve the Kroc Center’s summer day camps.
The splash pad will have spray rings, a fish water cannon, a tree shower, water buckets and ground fountains. The splash pad is being installed near an existing playground, with a large gazebo separating the areas.
The Salvation Army has put up fencing around a grassy, vacant property across the street from its campus along Webster Street. The Kroc Center is building a new outdoor recreation facility, which will have a soccer/lacrosse field, stands, a warehouse, concession stand and eight pickleball courts.
“Across the street will provide a community feel,” said Major Stan Senak, the administrator at the Salvation Army Kroc Center. “We plan to have activities that really bring the community together.”
The Salvation Army is also building a new sign tower that can be seen from Interstate 75. The sign and recreation facility are expected to open Labor Day.