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Dog park voting goes well for local project

New Richmond is "barking" loud and clear for its planned local dog park.

On May 1, PetSafe launched its third annual "Bark for Your Park" nationwide contest through which cities across the U.S. can win funding to build local dog parks. By the end of summer, five U.S. cities will share in $200,000 in funding for local off-leash dog parks.

To be eligible to become a finalist, each city must provide documentation of land availability and civic leader support for the proposed dog park. Supporters can vote for their favorite city every day on and PetSafe's Facebook page from May 1-31.

Based on the information provided by each city, PetSafe will evaluate the availability of land, civic leader support, population size, and the total number of votes to select the 15 finalist cities.

New Richmond is one of the early frontrunners in the contest. After being nominated, the city has provided documentation of both land availability and civic leader support. However, in order for the town to be positioned for consideration as a finalist, New Richmond still needs daily votes now through May 31 to show community support for the dog park. If named a finalist, New Richmond could compete for the grand prize of a $100,000 PetSafe dog park.

On June 5, PetSafe will announce the finalist communities that will continue "barking" for their park by voting daily. The finalist city with the most votes will be named the "top dog" and win a $100,000 PetSafe dog park, and four additional pet-passionate finalist cities will receive $25,000 to put toward their local dog park plans. "Bark for Your Park" contest winners will be announced on July 31.

New Richmond is in the beginning stages of developing a new dog park on the northwestern edge of the community. Funds are being raised and the park is expected to be open for use by dogs and their owners in the coming weeks.