Story by Steve Warmowski

Jacksonville City Council Parks & Lake Committee Chair Marcy Patterson has called a meeting today to talk about the community’s entry in Bark for Your Park contest. The dog park meeting will be at 9 am Thursday May 21st at city hall.

The city has to show support for the contest in order to be selected for the finalist round. The contest entry period runs until June 10th, and finalists are announced June 15th. The only full city council meeting before this deadline is Tuesday May 26th (study session at 6:30 pm, followed by the official meeting).

The PetSafe contest has two components at this stage — voting by the public, and an official entry including the city identifying land for a new park and presenting letters of support from city leaders.

Below are current vote totals. Thanks to all who are helping Jacksonville win $100,000 or $25,000 for a dog park. Bark twice a day at 1) PetSafe http://bit.ly/1H4FII1 and 2) Facebook http://on.fb.me/1EFm19a. At this stage we are in the Top 10. (Note – I will try to clean up the table next time, but for now here are the numbers. Top 10 in bold.)

Top 10 • Town • Population • voting as of 5/18 • as of 5/20

10 Jacksonville 19.4k 457 679

Alliance OH 177 210

Barstow CA 22.6k 393 760

Beckley WV164202

Billerica, MA 171 253

Brighton MI 124 136

Bryant AR363774

East Hartford CT 51.2k 752 896

East Liverpool, OH 125 138

Edgerton WI 158 207

Epworth, IA 1.8k 1029 1481

Erie County NY 196 268

Fort Gratiot, MI 10.6k 500 857

Holbrook, MA 172 270

Jesup, GA 10.2k 419 592

Jonesboro, AR 175 233

Laconia, NH 181 254

LaGrange, GA 30.4k 776 1144

Lawrenceburg, KY 249 300

Margate, FL 135 183

McPherson, KS 109 146

Merritt Island, FL 128 193

Merrimack, NH 25.5k 676 960

Mexico Beach, FL 206 284

Moore, OK 55k 795 1221

Oswego, IL 194 547

Parma, OH 253 428

Portland, TX 356 481

Portsmouth, RI 104 198

Potsdam, NY 109 146

Stanaford, WV 253 449

Vacaville, CA 380 508

Watkinsville, GA 2.8k 917 1249

West Winfield, NY 303 529

Willmar, MN 140 267

Winslow, AZ 320 463

 

 

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