Guthrie Grant Supports Improved Community Fitness Options at Round Top Park

Guthrie Grant Improves Community Fitness Options at Round Top ParkSayre, Pa. – Guthrie recently awarded $5,000 to the Athens Township Parks and Recreation Commission through the Community Benefit Grant Program in support of an expansion project at Round Top Park. The project, designed to improve fitness options for the community, includes the addition of a walking trail and playground fitness equipment. The Athens commission identified the need for a walking trail and fitness equipment after seeing a presentation given by Guthrie physicians stressing the important health benefits of staying fit and active for life.

“We found that people are looking for places to get out and walk for exercise,” said Richard Bean, Chairman of the Parks and Recreation Commission. “We thank Guthrie for their support of the projects at Round Top Park, specifically for our walking trails and playground fitness equipment. It’s through grants such this that we will be able to provide a place for members of the community to enjoy the beauty that our park has to offer while also getting in shape.”

The grant is part of Guthrie’s Community Benefit Grant Program that funds projects which address areas of need within the community based on Guthrie’s Community Health Needs Assessment. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), requires non-profit hospitals to complete a community needs assessment (CHNA) every three years. The following areas were identified for 2013-2016: obesity, lung cancer, and access to primary care.

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About Round Top Park:
With 575 acres, Round Top Park is the largest park in the region and is owned and operated by Athens Township. The park offers options for family recreation and sightseeing. The Athens Township Parks and Recreation Department is entirely self-funded and self-sustaining without the use of tax dollars. For more information about Athens Township Parks, visit

Guthrie is a non-profit integrated health system located in north central Pennsylvania and Upstate New York, serving patients from an 11-county service area. Guthrie is comprised of a research institute, home care/hospice, hospitals in Sayre, Pa., Corning, N.Y., and Troy, Pa., as well as a multi-specialty group practice of more than 260 physicians and 130 mid-level providers in a regional office network encompassing sub-specialty and primary care sites in 23 communities throughout Pennsylvania and New York.  Guthrie offers a wide range of services and programs designed to enhance the health and well-being of those it serves.


Photo Caption: Richard Bean, Chairman of the Athens Township Parks and Recreation Commission and Laura Fitzgerald, Director of Research and Clinical Innovation, Guthrie.