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May 29, 2014

Residents can vote to support dog park

NEW CASTLE — New Castle could see a dog park before long.

Promises for Pets and the Clean and Green Team of New Visions for Lawrence County have joined forces to build a dog park on Harbor Street.

The site for the leash-free dog park has been selected. A major contributor — Lowe’s — has signed on to help build two runs, one for small dogs and one for large. Drawings of the runs were completed and ground will be cleared this summer.

However, all this costs money so the organizers are asking dog lovers for support.

One way to provide support involves voting for the local dog park in a national contest.

Pet Safe — — is sponsoring a “Bark for Your Park” award based on the number of votes and the city size.

The winner of the “Bark for Your Park” contest will win $100,000 to build a pet-safe dog park and four other cities will receive a $25,000 prize.

The finalist cities will be selected based on availability of land, civic leader support and number of votes. New Castle will only compete against cities with the same population size, so organizers believe the local project has a good chance of winning.

Anyone who has a Facebook page can type “” and “Bark for Your Park” will pop up. Click on the logo, type in city, and click on New Castle when it comes up.

Everyone can vote twice a day until the contest ends June 7. Those who don’t own dogs can vote, too, in support of New Castle’s Happy Harbor Dog Park, where canines can run free of a leash.

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