Conway is still a contender to be named a finalist in PetSafe’s Bark for Your Park contest, a PetSafe representative said Monday.

The winner, with high votes, an approved park plan and community support, will receive $100,000 toward construction of a city dog park.

The online voting competition began May 1, and 15 finalists will be chosen when the first voting period closes May 31.

"Conway is well positioned to be a frontrunner. Conway has its land verification and civic leader support, and a good number of votes," said Lauren Christ, PetSafe representative.

The 15 finalists will be chosen based on votes and submitted information.

In a community support letter submitted in the contest, Conway Mayor Tab Townsell said, "The City of Conway has needed a dog park for some time and we are excited about the prospect of partnering with PetSafe in making it a reality for our citizens."

The 3-acre park plan submitted in the competition is just south of Don Owen Sports Complex.

The preliminary map shows 1.8 acres reserved for large dogs, and 1.3 acres reserved for small dogs. The location is tree shaded and has an existing pavilion.

Townsell wrote in other submitted information that financial reasons have kept Conway from responding to citizens’ requests for a dog park.

Townsell wrote the approximate cost of constructing the park is $100,000, which is the top prize in the competition.

Runners-up in the small, medium and large population categories will win $25,000.

The Humane Society of Faulkner County has been driving a voting campaign and publicizing the contest in order to get votes for Conway.

Humane Society volunteer Judy Standridge nominated Conway for the competition.

"This is attainable," she said. "I think the community will rally around this."

She and other groups have been pushing residents to vote for Conway twice a day, once through Facebook and once through PetSafe.net.

Facebook users can visit www.facebook.com/PetSafeBrand and click on Bark for Your Park to vote. Register to vote with your email address at PetSafe.net.

The direct web link is http://www.petsafe.net/barkforyourpark/city/815/conway-ar/.