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Bloomington Enters 'Bark For Your Park' Voting Contest
Updated May 5, 2013 1:07 AM | Filed under: WBIW News
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(BLOOMINGTON) - The City of Bloomington announced today that Bloomington has officially entered the PetSafe Brand "Bark in Your Park" online voting contest.

The contest, which opened May 1, tallies votes for nominated cities and will award a $100,000 grand prize to the city that collects the most online votes during a set timeframe.

Initial voting takes place through June 13. The top 15 vote-getting cities are declared finalists and enter the second stage of the voting competition, which begins June 15 and lasts through July 31. The grand prize winner will be announced August 3.

The area that the City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department would like to develop is Ferguson Park, a location that has been earmarked as the place for a dog park since the property was donated to the Bloomington Parks Foundation by community leader Steve Ferguson in 2001.

Landscape architects and designers have already completed an initial site plan for a dog park, which includes several separate, fenced areas for large and small dogs. There are enough fenced areas to rotate use, which will help prevent soil compaction and allow grass to flourish in each of the areas.

"We really could not be in a better place to acquire and use this prize money," said Becky Barrick, community events manager for the Parks and Recreation Department and owner of two golden retrievers. "We have the land, we have the plan, and all we need is the financial means to make it happen. We know people in Bloomington love their dogs, and we definitely need everyone's help to acquire enough votes to win the Bark for Your Park contest."

Voting for the Bark for Your Park contest is now open. Anyone with a computer can log on to the PetSafe Brand Web site at to vote for Bloomington. Voters can also submit a vote via Facebook, on the PetSafe Brand's Facebook page at Voters are limited to two votes (one on Facebook, and one on the Web site) per day.

For more information about the dog park, the dog park plans, or the Bark for Your Park contest, contact Barrick at 349.3715 or via e-mail at

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