Kirkland Community Asked to “Bark for Your Park;” City is Finalist in PetSafe Park Giveaway Contest

Online voting now available at www.barkforyourpark.com

A recent rally at Heritage Park hosted by the City of Kirkland and Kirkland Dog Off-Leash Group (KDOG) to encourage community support for an off-leash dog park in Kirkland has paid off because the City is now a finalist in a park giveaway contest hosted by PetSafe. Kirkland supporters are encouraged to vote at www.barkforyourpark.com once each day starting today through August 3, 2011. If Kirkland receives the most online votes, it would receive $100,000 which would go toward the construction of the City’s first off-leash dog park.

Online, first-time voters will need to set up an account to vote. Those who voted in the first round can use their same user log in. Daily voting is allowed from the PetSafe website and its Facebook site and is highly encouraged! To vote, select “Finalists,” view Kirkland’s contest video submission which features “Lucky” the dog, and then select “Vote for this Finalist.”

The City and KDOG have been working in partnership since fall 2010 when the Kirkland City Council approved the recommendation of the Park Board to explore a possible site for a community-built, fenced, off-leash area for dogs. The city-owned, undeveloped site is located at the southwest corner of 113th Avenue NE and NE 120th Avenue in the South Juanita/Totem Lake area. KDOG, an independent, non-profit organization comprised of Kirkland-area dog owners, has pledged to raise all funds necessary to develop and maintain the park, should the City approve its use.

For more information about the proposed site, contact Jennifer Schroder, Director, Parks & Community Services Department at 425-587-3301 or jschroder@kirklandwa.gov. For more information about KDOG, contact Jean Guth, President, at 206-679-7186 or president@kdog.org. To receive daily reminders from KDOG to vote, go to www.kdog.org.