The city of Auburn is now a finalist in the contest to win a grant for a new dog park to be built.
The PetSafe Bark for Your Park contest began on May 1 with entries from 1,107 different communities vying for grant money to build a dog park. Residents voted for their communities on Facebook and through PetSafe's website and, after the first round, Auburn was ranked in fourth place. The city is now one of only 15 remaining communities that have been entered into the final round.
The neighborhood that receives the most votes by the end of the contest on July 26 will win a grant of $100,000 to build the dog park. Four other communities will each receive $25,000.
Last year, Auburn was entered into the contest and placed ninth of out 800 entries. If Auburn wins this year's contest, the dog park would be built in an underused section of Emerson Park.
Residents can continue to vote for Auburn twice a day — once on each site — until the contest ends. To submit a vote, visit www.petsafe.net/barkforyourpark or www.facebook.com/petsafebrand.