Yet we have to ask why it is not successful?
Three years ago The Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center in Salem opened to much fanfare and great expectations. Thousands of community members, from all walks of life, had banded together to turn a long-shot idea into reality. They raised $10 million, in part because other nonprofits put aside their own fundraising ambitions to focus on the Kroc project....It's in a freaking compound, ringed by multiple moats! Of course it turned inward - that's how it was sited and designed! And you shouldn't need a special transportation system for youth. Ordinary walking, biking, and bus service should suffice. But the siting is so bad that even pro-walking and biking parents would be foolish not to drive their kids.
Civic leaders and residents believed they were getting a broad range of youth-focused programs and activities, not a fitness center that would compete with the private sector. They looked forward to kids being brought to the North Salem building from throughout Marion and Polk counties, with no child ever being turned away because of inability to pay.
Instead, the center seemed to turn inward instead of outward. The Salvation Army and the community clashed over its direction. Key community leaders dropped their association with it. Membership fell nearly in half. Employment had to be cut and a deficit developed. A transportation system for youth never came together; and minimum fees for youth were instituted, although Pontsler wants to increase the number of partial scholarships.[italics added]
How messed up is that?
The Kroc Center probably has multiple challenges, but an important one that is not getting enough play is the structural one caused by its location, the barriers that surround it, and its lack of transportation connections.
Update! Sunday night
The Kroc Center Access Study has a website now. It it mainly looking at the problem of coming from Keizer and crossing the Parkway. It's not looking at Salem Industrial Drive, at crossing Portland Road, or other parts of the connectivity deficit. Just getting across the Parkway and RR lines.
Here, for example, is one bridge concept (all of them can be seen on the project document page; the bridge concepts document seems to have the embedding disabled, unfortunately.)
Advisory Committee are Robert Fox and Kenji Sugahara.