Village of Orland Park Named National Finalist for Dog Park

Village of Orland Park Named National Finalist for Dog Park
Posted on 07/14/2011

All of the barking for Orland Park has paid off as the village moves onto the next round of competition in PetSafe's Bark For Your Park Contest. The only town from Illinois to make it to the semi-finals and finals, Orland Park is now among fifteen nationwide cities vying for a $100,000 prize to build a dog park.

"The public's response to the village's participation in the contest has been absolutely wonderful," said Orland Park Mayor Dan McLaughlin, who appears in the village's two minute video that earned the community a spot in the national finals.

PetSafe, a national pet supply company, is sponsoring the "Bark For Your Park Contest" that will award $100,000 to a United States community for the creation of a dog park. In June, the village was named one of 25 national semi-finalists, advancing to the next level. Each of the 25 semi-finalist cities submitted two minute videos that met the PetSafe judges' criteria.

"We had to keep our video under wraps until we submitted it to PetSafe but now everyone can see the town hall meeting that I hosted with some of our four legged residents," the mayor said smiling.

A dog park is currently slated for consideration in the Village Capital Improvement Plan for the year 2016. Orland Park's plans call for separate areas for big dogs and little dogs with each having benches, drinking fountains, agility equipment and shaded areas.

"We had to meet specific criteria in the video, answering PetSafe's questions," McLaughlin explained. "The towns' videos determined which of the 25 semi-finalists advanced to the final fifteen," he said.

Orland Park's video can be viewed on PetSafe's website at www.Bark4OP.com.Public voting through August 3rd will determine which city wins the $100,000 to construct a dog park. The dog park would be open to everyone, not just Orland Park residents.

"People can vote every day through August 3rd and we're asking that everyone, in Orland Park and beyond, make a point to vote every day," said Trustee Patricia Gira, chair of the village's Recreation and Parks Committee.

"We're grateful for the tremendous community excitement that has been generated for the dog park," Gira said. "You'll see many of our wonderful dog park advocates in the village's video and we have volunteers and businesses working together to encourage people to vote for Orland Park every day," Gira added.

"Orland Park being a part of this nationwide competition has truly been a community wide effort," the mayor said, adding, "We're hoping that even more people join us and help take Orland Park to the very top of that leader board of votes so we can make a dog park at Centennial Park a reality."

People can cast their votes daily for Orland Park to win the PetSafe Dog Park Contest at www.Bark4OP.com through August 3, 2011.

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