The Thompson Road Regional Dog Park won a $5,000 grant to install trees.

 PetSafe announced the winners of the 2021 PetSafe Bark for Your Park contest last week. Thanks to the public voting, the Thompson Road Regional Dog Park in Fenton Township is one of five winners. 

 “The communities of Fenton, Fenton Township and Linden came together and voted with our hearts and minds, and collectively, the end result showed that we love our dogs and needed to win this,” said Ian MacDonald, dog park committee member.

 The money will be used for the purchase and planting of trees to create more shade. 

 More than 62,000 people voted in the contest, according to a press release from PetSafe about their annual grant contest. This was the 10th year for the program. 

 The total amount given is $150,000 to build or enhance a dog park. Since 2011, PetSafe has donated more than $1.5 million to support more than 70 off-leash dog parks in the United States.

 The public could enter their municipality to win money to build a dog park or they could submit their dog park to win money for improvements. Following the submission period in the summer, 30 finalists were selected to participate in the contest voting period from Aug. 3-31.

 “We’ve seen an outpouring of support throughout our grant contest this year, and it has been fun to follow along as community members pursue a space where dogs are welcome,” said Celeste Vlok, marketing manager for PetSafe. “PetSafe is committed to creating safe, off-leash areas for pets and pet parents to enjoy for years to come, and we wanted the final decision to be made by the people using those parks each day. Congratulations to all winners.”

 Finalists were chosen on the level of enthusiasm and support for a dog park project within the community and the impact that a dog park project will have on the community,” according to the press release. The five communities with the most votes pursuing a new park will soon receive $25,000 each, and the five communities with the most votes pursuing improvements to an existing local park will be awarded $5,000 each.

 The following 10 communities will receive funding for their dog park project:

New parks

• Binghamton, New York

• Carbondale, Illinois

• Creston, Iowa

• Milwaukee, Wisconsin

• Newport, New Hampshire

Existing parks

• Fenton, Michigan

• Horsham, Pennsylvania

• Hudson, New York

• Lihue, Hawaii

• Tyler, Texas

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