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OF Pulls Ahead of Orland Park in PetSafe Dog Park Contest

Laura Clemons says she was contacted by an Orland Park trustee who reportedly wrote the contest organizers with concerns about the neighboring communities competing.

Oak Forest has topped neighbor Orland Park to take the third place spot in a national dog park competition where the winner gets $100,000.

As of 10:30 a.m. Saturday, is about 300 votes up on Orland and more than 15,000 votes behind the second place community, Lynchburg, VA.

Competition in the south suburbs for the Nos. 3 and 4 spots appears to be heating up.

Ald. Laura Clemons of Oak Forest's 1st Ward said she was called this week by Orland Trustee Patricia Gira, Sun-Times Media reports. Gira reportedly wrote the company behind the "Bark for your Park" contest, PetSafe, with concerns that a close competition between neighbors might hurt voting.

Voting continues through July 31.

Here's how you can vote for :

  1. Visit the PetSafe contest site.
  2. Click on Oak Forest.
  3. Create an account, or log in if you already have one.
  4. Click "Vote Now."
  5. Next, visit PetSafe's Facebook page.
  6. Log in and vote again!

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Amanda A June 30, 2012 at 08:38 PM
I think Oak Forest wants it more. :-)
Dee Karnia June 30, 2012 at 10:56 PM
So maybe Orland should drop out!
NANCY GRACE July 01, 2012 at 03:00 AM
Orland has enough $$ to build their own!
Nick Swedberg (Editor) July 01, 2012 at 04:32 AM
The effort in Oak Forest has been tremendous.
Felicia DePyper July 01, 2012 at 04:50 AM
A Huge Thank you to everyone who Votes every day, your support is greatly appreciated...
Nick Swedberg (Editor) July 01, 2012 at 05:41 PM
Keep voting! http://www.petsafe.net/barkforyourpark/city/4110/oak-forest-il/
Lisa Gries July 01, 2012 at 07:06 PM
How rude of Orland Trustee Patricia Gira, if she feels that strongly she should encourage Orland to support Oak Forest.
John Groskopf July 02, 2012 at 02:09 AM
hey orland park, never complained when you were ahead. can't take the heat? better back down oak forest is gonna wipe you
Tracey D July 02, 2012 at 03:29 AM
It's BEYOND rude!

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