PetSafe brand announced that Jacksonville, Ill. is the grand prize winner in its fifth annual Bark for Your Park Contest and has won $100,000 to build a new dog park.
Jacksonville, a town in Illinois with a population of over 19,000 received the most votes – a total of 54,727 – out of the 16 finalists in PetSafe brand’s Bark for Your Park Contest.
More than 1,000 communities were nominated for this year’s contest, which launched in May.
In addition to Jacksonville’s $100,000 grand prize, the runner-up city in each small, medium and large population category also won $25,000. The Bark from Your Heart city, which had the highest percentage of votes to the community’s population, also won $25,000.
The 2015 Bark for Your Park Contest runner-ups for each category include Watkinsville, Ga., Merrimack, N.H. and Fort Gratiot, Mich. with Epworth, Iowa winning the Bark from Your Heart award.
“We were absolutely overwhelmed by the enthusiasm and passion exhibited by this year’s finalists,” said Tracy Mulder, marketing manager for PetSafe brand. “Our goal is to help provide dog parks that communities will truly love, use and support for years to come.”