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      Conway needs votes, finalist in national dog park contest

      (KATV) Conway is in the running for a local dog park. It is in the top 15 out of more than 400 cities that applied.

      The PetSafe "Bark for Your Park" contest is going "dark" in order tosurprise the five winning cities when the results are announced on July 31.

      Five of the top vote-getters will win a share of $200,000 to build off-leash dog parks in their communities.

      Funding would be used for fencing, sitting areas, lighting, waste stations and water access. The park will be constructed at the Don Owens Sports Complex.

      Starting at 5 p.m. on July 19, the contest will enter the "Howl atthe Moon" phase for the last week of voting, during which the leaderboardposted on the PetSafe website will be taken down.

      "Now is the time for an enthusiastic final push for votes from all ofyour city supporters as well as friends and family across the nation," said RandyBoyd, president and CEO of Radio Systems Corporation, maker of the PetSafebrand. "We've been amazed by the passion and commitment of these 15 finalistcities, and we're looking forward to all of them achieving their dog parkdreams. We have no doubt they all have momentum to do so."

      "Until then, we can't wait to surprise five lucky cities with the newsthat they'll be $25,000 - or even $100,000 - closer to making those dog parkdreams a reality," Boyd added. "Best of luck to everyone during the last weekof 'barking!'"

      Judi Standridge, Friends of Conway Dog Park committee member says online voting ends July 26 and the winners will be announced July 31.

      You can vote twice a day by voting once at PetSafe.net and once through Facebook.

      Conway has also started a video campaign.

      The 15 "Bark for Your Park" finalist cities, which are divided into three groups based on relative population size, are:

      Small

      Brighton, Tenn.

      Mountain House, Calif.

      Pontiac, Ill.

      Safford, Ariz.

      Silver Cliff, Colo.

      Medium

      Auburn, N.Y.

      Mason City, Iowa

      Oxford, Ala.

      West Columbia, S.C.

      Wheeling, W.Va.

      Large

      Conway, Ark.

      Corpus Christi, Texas

      East Hartford, Conn.

      New Braunfels, Texas

      Texarkana, Texas

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