For several months, Jeremy Morris has been on a quest to bring a dog park to Wheeling and his effort is gaining momentum. A nationwide contest is giving communities a chance to win $100,000 to build a dog park.
"Someone else in our dog park group found out about it and registered us and we started promoting it," said Morris.
Getting the word out through social media, Wheeling would have to "bark for their park" and loudly. After voting closes this week, the top 15 communities will be chosen to make a commercial for their dog park, and then a whole new round of voting begins.
"We are doing better than any other communities in West Virginia right now and we've checked out some larger metro areas and have a lot more votes than them," Morris said. "But until they post the leader board, we really don't know where we stand."
Right now, the group is in negotiations with the owner of the property they are interested in. City Manager Bob Herron is on board, and wrote the group an official letter of support. Once they find out how much the property will cost, they can get a good idea of how much the project will cost.
"$100,000 would build the ultimate dog park. We would be able to have agility courses, and would take care of maintenance and other things for a long time," Morris said.
If you would like to see a dog park in Wheeling, you have until 5 p.m. on May 31 to get your votes in. You can vote up to twice a day on petsafe.net or pet safe's facebook page.