Village Named National Semi-Finalist in Dog Park Contest

Village Named National Semi-Finalist in Dog Park Contest
Posted on 06/23/2011

Orland Park dog owners barked for their park on the PetSafe, Inc. website, helping to make the Village of Orland Park one of 25 nationwide semi-finalists in the company's dog park contest. PetSafe invited people across the country to nominate their hometowns, telling why their towns deserve $100,000 to build a dog park.

"We had a great response to our call for nominations from the communitsy," said Orland Park Mayor Dan McLaughlin. "People said wonderful things about Orland Park and explained how their dogs would enjoy a dog park," the mayor added.

A dog park is currently slated for consideration in the Village Capital Improvement Plan for the year 2016.

"We're grateful to everyone who took the time to post their nominations and support for Orland Park," said Trustee Patricia Gira, chair of the village's Parks and Recreation Committee. "We're hoping that everyone will help us with the next part of the competition," she added.

The village must submit a two minute video that meets PetSafe's "Bark For Your Park" contest criteria. Dog owners and their leashed dogs are asked to gather at the ice rink warming house at the village's Centennial Park at 15600 West Avenue on Sunday, June 26 at 10:00 a.m. The village has earmarked four acres at Centennial for the creation of a dog park.

Without revealing the details of the village's contest video, the mayor said, "We have a wonderful ending planned for our two minute video and we invite dog owners and their dogs to be a part of it."

All video participants must sign a PetSafe release and the first 50 owners who arrive with dogs will receive a free t-shirt.

Once the videos are submitted, the public will be invited to vote on PetSafe's www.barkforyourpark.com website beginning July 13th.

McLaughlin said, "We're hoping to have as many people as possible come out to Centennial on Sunday. There are nearly 10,000 dogs in Orland Park and we want to show PetSafe what a strong dog community we have and what a great addition a dog park would be."