Renovations at Park De La Cruz Community Center to Create Therapy Programs for San Diego-Area Military Veterans

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Renovations at Park De La Cruz Community Center to Create Therapy Programs for San Diego-Area Military Veterans

New programs and specialized equipment will serve nearly 50,000 veterans, senior citizens and people with disabilities annually/ Funded by a $74,000 donation by UnitedHealthcare
Wednesday, November 11, 2015 - 8:30pm


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SAN DIEGO, November 11, 2015 /3BL Media/ – UnitedHealthcare is providing $74,000 to help renovate the City of San Diego Park and Recreation Department’s new Park De La Cruz Community Center and to create therapy programs for veterans.

UnitedHealthcare’s donation will help transform the previously abandoned building into a facility that will serve 50,000 people a year. In addition to the renovations, the funding will provide adaptive weightlifting equipment and new veterans’ therapy programs at the site.

Funding from UnitedHealthcare was generated through its participation in CBS EcoMedia’s WellnessAd program, which helps enable advertisers to support community projects.

“We are grateful for the opportunity to support our military veterans through this project with the City of San Diego Park and Recreation Department and EcoMedia,” said Tony Lonigro, CEO, West Region, UnitedHealthcare Military & Veterans.

The Center will serve all members of the surrounding community, but will specialize in programs for veterans, senior citizens and people with disabilities. The community center will be home to a weight room specializing in senior-friendly equipment, a gymnasium, sports fields and a playground.

“We are looking forward to the opening of Park De La Cruz Community Center, where community members, veterans, seniors citizens and people with disabilities will enjoy recreational opportunities and thank UnitedHealthcare for providing funding to assist the City of San Diego Park & Recreation Department in supporting our veterans,” said Andy Field, Assistant Director, San Diego Park & Recreation Department.

Volunteers from UnitedHealthcare helped celebrate the Community Center’s renovation by cleaning, painting and making minor repairs to help prepare the facility for its early 2016 grand opening.

“There is a lot of excitement around this project and what UnitedHealthcare is doing for veterans in the San Diego Community,” said Paul Polizzoto, president and founder of CBS EcoMedia. “Having access to this beautiful facility and specialized equipment will give San Diego-area veterans the resources they deserve to live healthy lives.”

This project is the latest in UnitedHealthcare’s “Do Good. Live Well.” employee volunteer initiative, whose mission is to inspire service and encourage volunteerism. For more information about the benefits of volunteering and to find local opportunities to get involved, visit Follow @DoGoodLiveWell on Twitter or “like” Do Good. Live Well. on Facebook. 


About UnitedHealthcare
UnitedHealthcare is dedicated to helping people nationwide live healthier lives by simplifying the health care experience, meeting consumer health and wellness needs, and sustaining trusted relationships with care providers. The company offers the full spectrum of health benefit programs for individuals, employers, military service members, retirees and their families, and Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, and contracts directly with more than 850,000 physicians and care professionals, and 6,000 hospitals and other care facilities nationwide. UnitedHealthcare is one of the businesses of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), a diversified Fortune 50 health and well-being company. For more information, visit UnitedHealthcare at or follow @myUHC on Twitter.

About San Diego Department of Recreation and Parks
Park and recreation professionals and volunteers host hundreds of community events each year and provide safe places for thousands of children to go after school. City employees and volunteers take great pride to enrich the lives of others through quality parks and programs.

Our parks and programs are designed and developed so that people of all ages, abilities and income levels have the chance to participate in excellent recreational opportunities.

There is always something to see and do in a park, recreation facility or pool each and every day. You will find a program, activity or special place that brings you back again and again.

We are just around the corner. We have something for everyone, and the benefits are endless.

For general Park & Recreation Department information call 619-525-8213 or visit us online at

About CBS EcoMedia Inc.
At EcoMedia, we’re propelled by the desire to create positive social change; that’s been our mission since we founded the company in 2002.  In 2010, after successfully partnering with CBS on a wide range of environmental projects, EcoMedia became the newest addition to the CBS Corporation portfolio, exponentially scaling our reach across television, radio, interactive, publishing and outdoor media. 

Through our patent-pending EcoAd, WellnessAd and EducationAd programs, an innovative twist on traditional advertising, advertisers are able to support much-needed local projects which in turn creates jobs, saves taxpayer money and improves the quality of life in communities nationwide.  In the process, we’re fundamentally altering the advertising landscape, elevating the ordinary, traditional commercial – and media, in general – into a catalyst for tangible, quantifiable social change. Please visit, like us at or follow us at

By participating in EcoMedia’s EcoAd, WellnessAd and EducationAd advertising programs, EcoMedia’s advertisers agree to provide funding for projects we believe will have a beneficial effect upon the environment, health and/or education within local communities.  EcoMedia’s advertising programs are not certification programs nor are the EcoAd, WellnessAd or EducationAd logos seals of approval. EcoMedia does not in any way certify, endorse or make any representations about EcoMedia program advertisers, their products or services.


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Press Contact:

Theresa Schieber, CBS EcoMedia

Keywords: Philanthropy | CBS EcoMedia | City of San Diego Park and Recreation Department | Do Good. Live Well | Health | NRPA | San diego | Veterans | Volunteerism & Community Engagement | WellnessAd | disabled people


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