Goshen group vying for $100,000 prize to build dog park

Plans for the Goshen Bark Park have been in the making for nearly two years. Now, organizers are hoping to win a national contest to raise enough funds to build it.

Posted on May 10, 2014 at 2:30 p.m.

GOSHEN — A Goshen group has entered a national contest in hopes of raising the funds needed to finally make the Goshen Bark Park a reality.

Plans for the dog park have been in the works since the end of 2012, but fundraising has been slow. Joe Mehl and his Bark Park committee have raised just under $800 for the project, which could cost $20,000 or more, Mehl said.

Now, they're hoping to garner votes in the PetSafe "Bark for Your Park" competition. The winning city will receive $100,000 to fund the development and construction of a dog park. Four other cities will receive $25,000.

Voting lasts through June 7, and finalists will be announced June 13. 

Mehl said the group doesn't have an exact location picked out for the park, but the City of Goshen will soon provide him with a map of areas in public parks that will be available to use.

The park will need to go through several channels to be established, including approval from the Goshen City Council, but Mehl is optimistic about the support he's received from the community and government officials.

"Mayor Kauffman has been supportive since day one," he said.

For more information about the park, visit www.facebook.com/GoshenBarkPark.

To vote for Goshen in the competition, visit the PetSafe "Bark for Your Park" website.



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