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Friday, June 6, 2014

Merrimack dog park could win $100K from PetSafe contest

MERRIMACK – The town’s still-incomplete dog park is in the running to win $100,000 or one of four $25,000 prizes in the third annual “Bark for Your Park” contest, a national event sponsored by PetSafe, a seller of animal products.

The presence of more than 4,000 dogs in town and the support shown by citizens backing the park project make the timing of the contest perfect for making the park a reality. ...

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MERRIMACK – The town’s still-incomplete dog park is in the running to win $100,000 or one of four $25,000 prizes in the third annual “Bark for Your Park” contest, a national event sponsored by PetSafe, a seller of animal products.

The presence of more than 4,000 dogs in town and the support shown by citizens backing the park project make the timing of the contest perfect for making the park a reality.

Votes can be cast at the PetSafe website, petsafe.net, and the company’s Facebook page, every day before the Saturday deadline.

The votes cast there will determine 15 finalists, announced on June 13. The finalists will be requested to make a video that will continue to promote their dog park. The finalist with the highest number of votes will be declared the winner of the $100,000.

Four runners-up with the highest percentage of votes related to the towns’ populations will see the awarding of the lesser prizes of $25,000. The grand winner, announced Aug. 7, will receive the $100,000.

Merrimack’s dog park needs additional funding to finish it, preferably by fall, Merrimack’s victory in the Bark for Your Park contest could raise funds that might make the space an additional jewel among the park’s attractions: ball courts, tennis courts, a swimming beach, walking trails, picnic areas and more.

Christine Lavoie, of the Merrimack Parks and Recreation Committee, is a member of the Friends of the Merrimack Dog Park.

She is asking that everybody cast two votes daily. Lavoie is the owner of a Jack Russell terrier, Molly.

Lavoie said the contest offers everyone a chance to log in and vote for a great cause. She asks that readers spread the word and alert friends and family members to support Merrimack in the contest.

“It’s a wonderful little contest,” Lavoie said. “Voting is free. You’re voting for a great cause. You don’t even need to be a dog owner to vote. You can vote to show support for someone you know who has a dog. In fact, you don’t even have to be from Merrimack to vote.”

For more information, visit the Facebook page for the Friends of the Merrimack Dog Park.