ROHNERT PARK, CA--(Marketwired - August 05, 2016) - Graton Resort & Casino has teamed up with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and CBS EcoMedia's WellnessAd program to donate and install the first and brand-new outdoor fitness path for the Rohnert Park community at Dorotea Park.
Thanks to funding from Graton Resort & Casino, Dorotea Park now features exercise stations along a walking path -- Rohnert Park's first par course, or trail of outdoor exercise equipment. The stations are designed to improve mobility and strength with activities such as push up bar, sit up bench, back extension bench, and more. The trail is expected to serve 5,000 people annually and offers the entire community -- from children's summer camp to senior citizens -- an array of fitness opportunities at Dorotea Park.
Today, the City of Rohnert Park is hosting a community celebration to mark the trail's opening and Graton Resort and Casino's continued support for Rohnert Park residents. This event will introduce local families to the new par course as well as encourage community-wide health and fitness.
"We are excited to add the outdoor fitness course to Dorotea Park," said Pamela Stafford, Rohnert Park Councilmember. "It is a wonderful opportunity for citizens to get fit and enjoy our beautiful park."
"We are proud to reinvest in our community with the addition of this wonderful fitness trail for the residents of Rohnert Park to enjoy," said Greg Sarris, Tribal Chairman of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria, the Tribe that owns Graton Resort & Casino.
"We are thrilled to partner with CBS EcoMedia and Graton Resort & Casino to help bring this exciting new amenity to the citizens of Rohnert Park," said Barbara Tulipane, NRPA President and CEO. "Not only will the outdoor fitness path promote healthy living, it will connect residents to nature and one another -- a benefit of local parks everywhere."
"We're excited to complete another project with Graton Resort and Casino for the well-being of Rohnert Park families," said Paul Polizzotto, President and Founder of CBS EcoMedia. "The outdoor fitness trail will have a lasting positive impact on the health and wellness of this deserving community."
About Graton Resort & Casino
The $800 million Graton Resort & Casino opened November 2013 and is the Bay Area's largest gaming and entertainment destination. It is located off U.S. Highway 101 at Wilfred Ave. in Rohnert Park, CA. Owned by the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria.
Graton Resort & Casino currently features an exciting array of popular table games, slot machines and live poker as well as an events center and a variety of restaurants including Tony's of North Beach operated by 11-time World Pizza Champion Tony Gemignani, 630 Park Steakhouse and Daily Grill. Graton Resort & Casino is currently undergoing a $175 million expansion to add a 200-room hotel that includes a spa and fitness center, resort-style pool and additional banquet and event space. Learn more at: www.GratonResortCasino.com, www.facebook.com/GratonCasino or www.twitter.com/PlayGraton.
About National Recreation and Park Association
The National Recreation and Park Association is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing park, recreation and conservation efforts that enhance quality of life for all people. Through its network of more than 50,000 recreation and park professionals and citizens, NRPA encourages the promotion of healthy and active lifestyles, conservation initiatives and equitable access to parks and public space. For more information, visit www.nrpa.org. For digital access to NRPA's flagship publication, Parks & Recreation, visit www.parksandrecreation.org.
About Rohnert Park Community Services
The City of Rohnert Park Community Services Department is dedicated to offering recreation and services that enhance Rohnert Park's high quality of life and nurtures the health and well-being of our people, our community and our economy. Rohnert Park has a growing population of over 40,000 and a wide variety of facilities and programs to serve our community's needs. The Community Services Department meets those needs by overseeing the operations and programs at two Community Centers, one Senior Center, one Sports & Fitness Center, three pools and multiple parks, picnic areas and sports fields. For more information about the City of Rohnert Park and the Community Services Department please visit www.rpcity.org.
About CBS EcoMedia Inc.
EcoMedia was founded in 2001 by social entrepreneur Paul Polizzotto. The company's mission is to harness the power of the advertising dollar to make tangible, quality of life improvements in communities nationwide. In 2010, after successfully partnering on a wide range of environmental projects, EcoMedia was acquired by CBS Corporation, exponentially scaling its reach across television, radio, interactive, and publishing media.
Through EcoMedia's patent-pending EcoAd, EducationAd, WellnessAd, Viewers to Volunteers, Volunteering with the Stars, and Charity Champions League advertising programs, national brands and local businesses provide millions of dollars in financial support to some of the nation's most effective nonprofit organizations, funding critical veterans', education, health and wellness, and environmental projects nationwide.
EcoMedia's innovative and proprietary business models have fundamentally altered the advertising and philanthropy landscapes, elevating the ordinary, traditional commercial -- and media, in general -- into a catalyst for tangible, quantifiable social change and making it possible for everyone to give back, whatever their means.
Paul Polizzotto and the team at EcoMedia have earned numerous awards and recognitions for their work, including the US Conference of Mayors Award for Excellence in Public Private Partnerships (2009) and back-to-back Edison Awards for Social Innovation and Social Impact (2012, 2013).
In Spring 2016, Paul was named Social Good Leader of the Year by CynopsisMedia, recognized as one of "America's 25 most influential philanthropy and social innovation experts" by Philanthropy Media. He has received the Starlight Children's Foundation's "General H. Norman Schwarzkopf Leadership Award," the EPA's "Environmental Hero" recognition, the Santa Monica Baykeeper's and the Waterkeeper Alliance's "Keeper Award," and the Coastal Living Leadership Award. He was also named a Public-Private Visionary by Vanity Fair magazine.
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