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City pushing to win $100,000 for creation of dog park

by: GAZETTE FILE PHOTO - The other end of Synder Park is expected to be the likely site for a new dog park. The city is asking residents to vote in an effort to secure $100,000 for the new park.
Residents hoping to make a Sherwood dog park a reality can vie for a chance to receive $100,000 to move the process along more rapidly.

The city is asking residents to visit this site to vote for getting funds to build that future dog park, the first of its kind in Sherwood, at Synder Park. The Bark for Your Park contest is being sponsored by PetSafe.net, a manufacturer of electronic pet training products.

Residents can vote from now until June 7 to get funding for the planned park with winners announced on June 13 with the top vote-getter receiving the grand prize. Even if Sherwood doesn’t win $100,000, it has a shot at winning four runner-up prizes each worth $25,000, according to the site.

City Manager Joe Gall said the city’s Parks and Recreation Board has recommended placing the dog park between the tennis courts and Pine Street. He recently signed a contract for $3,900 with a local architectural landscaping firm to provide preliminary designs.

“We want a facility that’s used preferably year long,” said Gall, noting that he won’t know the final costs of the project until the studies have been completed but would seek funding through a supplemental budget.

He said decisions also would have to be made regarding whether the park would have different areas for different-sized dogs and whether there would be different types of surfaces throughout the facility.




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