Press release — For Immediate Release

With a show of support from the community, Jacksonville succeeded in making it into the final round of the PetSafe Bark for Your Park Contest.

Voting starts noon Wednesday, June 17, with the top prize of $100,000 for a new dog park within reach. Go to or Jacksonville Bark for Your Park on Facebook to find out how to participate and help.

“PAWS couldn’t be happier with the support everyone has given our entry in Bark for Your Park,” said the group’s founder Lisa Jackson. “Once voting resumes Wednesday we hope to have just as much support if not more. This is an amazing community and I know this is possible. Let’s get to barking and win that $100,000 prize.”

Jacksonville Mayor Andy Ezard celebrated the win of the first round of the contest. “Our community always steps up when a good project is on the line,” he said. “It’s been very obvious to me that we have many people who are dedicated to see a dog park come our way.”

“With PAWS, Scott County Dog Rescue, Dog P.E.N. and the on-line group supporting Morgan County Animal Control we have what it takes to win,” said Steve Warmowski of the Jacksonville Park Foundation. “Those interested in helping the community and dogs need to show their support and vote twice a day.”

The park foundation, PAWS, Pet Supplies Plus and others will have a series of Friday events to boost the campaign. The first is a launch at noon Friday, June 19th at the proposed site for the new dog park, 894 E. Vandalia, across from Nichols Park. People and their dogs are invited to come out and take part.

Other events include Dogs ’n Suds on Friday, June 26 at PAWS; a Bank Bark-off Friday, July 3; participation in the 4th of July Blast and parade; Smokey the Fire Dog appearance during the Morgan County Fair Friday, July 10; and a Final Push Party at Pet Supplies Plus Friday, July 17. See the website or Facebook page for updates.

Contest sponsor PetSafe​ has said they put on the contest because communities with dog parks have fewer dogs abandoned in shelters and fewer dogs euthanized. Info and links are at Voting links are 1) PetSafe and 2) Facebook Contest ends 11 pm July 22.