Soon-to-be built Umiker Dog Park selected as finalist for nationwide ‘Bark for Your Park’ grant program

Supporters asked to vote via website until Aug. 31

HOT SPRINGS  – PetSafe® brand, a global leader in pet product solutions, has announced the 30 finalists for its popular Bark for Your Park™ grant contest and Hot Springs has been selected for a chance to win funds for a new dog park. This year, PetSafe® will award prizes totaling $125,000 to nine deserving communities.

Since introducing the program in 2011, PetSafe® has donated more than $1.65 million to support more than 80 off-leash dog parks in the United States. Now through August 31, 2022, anyone over the age of 18 that lives within the U.S. can vote once per day, every day for their favorite community at Employees and partner employees of the parent company of PetSafe®, Radio Systems Corporation®, are also not eligible to vote in the grant contest. 

“We are a small community, but have many dog lovers that deserve a safe, happy place to take their dogs,” said Hot Springs resident Linda Heath, on behalf of the Friends of Umiker Dog Park. “This grant could complete Umiker Dog Park project, providing exceptional amenities, such as free obedience classes and agility equipment, while giving Hot Springs an economic development boost that attracts new additions to community and business.”

Finalists were chosen from a panel of PetSafe® judges that scored each submission 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. Participants entered to win funds for either a new park or to improve an existing dog park. Following the contest voting period, four communities with the highest votes will receive $25,000 for the construction of a new park and five will be awarded $5,000 to enhance their local dog parks.

“The PetSafe® brand is always looking for ways to help pet parents. That’s why we’re so proud to support communities by helping provide a safe place where dogs can run and play,” says Celeste Vlok, marketing manager for PetSafe® brand. “It’s exciting to see the enthusiasm and commitment each finalist community has put into fulfilling their dog park dreams. We invite all to join the fun by voting for their favorite community.”

For more information on the 2022 Bark for Your Park™ grant contest and to vote for Hot Springs, visit

Voting is easy and free!  

• Go to the website, above

• Click on ‘Vote Now’ button

• Click on the red ‘paw’ icon in SD, or enter zip code 57747 if using a smart phone

• Click ‘Vote’ button

• Enter email address


Please vote Daily and tell friends and family – anyone over age 18 residing in the US can vote!!

Fall River County Herald Star

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