WAVERLY, Iowa — The city is in the running to win $100,000 to go toward building a dog park.
The national competition, Bark For Your Park started with 1,800 cities and has now been narrowed down to the top fifteen.
As of Monday, Waverly is in second place in the competition following Port Chester, New York by just under 5,000 votes.
Waverly City Council member, Derrick Wygle entered the city into the contest after people in Waverly said they’ve wanted a dog park.
“For years there’s been this idea floating around that we could someday get together to build one and people are pretty excited that it could become a reality.” Waverly Jaycee’s President, Joshua Schneiderman said. “Dog lovers and those who have dogs want a place for their dogs to run and people like the idea.” ?
Jayne Kielman is a part of the Grass Roots group, which proposed the idea of a dog park in Waverly and said the support the community is receiving is incredible.
“People from Wartburg that are alumni, classmates from Waverly-Shell Rock have reached out to other people, neighbors, friends and co-workers in other states,” Kielman said. “So it’s not about Iowa, it’s about everybody who has a connector to Iowa.”
The competition ends July 31 and is entirely based on votes.
The hope is, whether Waverly wins or not, to build a dog park that should be finished by the spring of 2015.
Kielman said they’re determined to get the votes to win the $100,000.
“We want to bring that dog park to Iowa, Waverly specifically and to be able to celebrate with our friends, neighbors and family along with their dogs,” Kielman said.
You can find the link to vote for Waverly by visiting the Waverly Dog Park Facebook page.