Orland Park Continues To Rally Dog Park Support

Orland Park Continues To Rally Dog Park Support
Posted on 07/28/2011

The Village of Orland Park continues to rally public support in its quest to win $100,000 from PetSafe to construct a dog park in its Centennial Park. The only Illinois town among the fifteen nationwide finalists, Orland Park has four acres earmarked for frolicking canines.

"We're calling on everyone to cast their votes for Orland Park on PetSafe's website and on the company's Facebook page," said Mayor Dan McLaughlin. "The community's response has been great as we've had volunteers and businesses come forward to help get the word out," the mayor said.

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. Orland Park was named one of fifteen national finalists on July 13. Public voting continues through August 3.

Orland Park's two-minute video that advanced the village to the finals can be seen on the www.barkforyourpark.com website and is currently running on the village's government access cable channel with instructions for voting.

"We've had a great response to the village's video which features the mayor holding a town hall meeting with talking dogs as he describes the plans we have for a dog park," said Trustee Pat Gira, chair of the village's Parks and Recreation Committee.

People need not live in the village to vote for Orland Park. If Orland Park wins, the PetSafe Dog Park would be free and open to everyone.

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're hoping that people from throughout the region will lend us a hand and vote for Orland Park every day," McLaughlin said. "We're up against some major cities and we're hoping that the Chicago area will come through and ‘vote early and vote often'," the mayor said smiling.

A direct link to the PetSafe voting site can be found at www.bark4op.com.

McLaughlin said, "We have a very dedicated group of volunteers that are pulling out all stops to help make this a reality for the 10,000 dogs in Orland Park. We need everyone's help during this final week of voting."

Click here to vote for Orland Park!