A park geared for dogs on the horizon

PetSafe winnings 'in the mail'

Conway is still set to get a dog park, said Judi Standridge, Humane Society of Faulkner County volunteer.

Standridge, who entered Conway in PetSafe’s Bark For Your Park contest, said she’s been told the city’s winnings are “in the mail.”

It has been about six months since Standridge was told Conway was winner of one of the contest’s four $25,000 prizes.

The overall prize of $100,000 went to Texarkana, Texas.

Though dogs are allowed and even welcomed at some of the City of Conway’s parks, this one will be specifically geared for dogs and their owners.

Standridge said plans submitted to PetSafe brand include fencing, benches, water and waste stations, and a layout that separates large and small dogs.

The park is set to be over about three acres at the south side of the Don Owen Sports Complex.

Standridge said she expects the winnings to cover not too much more than fencing for the park, but she says there’s an unnamed group that has agreed to match the $25,000.

Water and electricity will need to be routed to the area, she said.

The timeline is uncertain for the park, but Standridge said it construction would begin as soon as PetSafe funds arrive.

“We are doing everything we can so that the park is ready to go as soon as we get the check,” Standridge said. “We’re thankful for this opportunity and patiently waiting for it, and we’re very excited to start soon.”

The City of Conway has been working with Standridge and other organizers on the preliminary plans.

Some dirt work will need to be done to level the area, and trees will be trimmed ahead of the park’s opening.

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