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Wheeling Wins $25,000 for Dog Park

City winds up winning one of the runner-up prizes in online contest

August 1, 2013

WHEELING — Every dog has its day, as the saying goes — and Wednesday belonged to the pooch population of Wheeling, as the city learned it will receive $25,000 toward construction of a dog park....

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MikeEbigg

Jul-31-13 5:20 PM

You beeped my phone for this? This interpretation of what breaking news is is why the newspaper is dying in Wheeling.

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UNCOMMONSENSE

Jul-31-13 5:30 PM

Only the progressive libs of Wheeling would dream this one up!!!

The entire town's infrastructure is falling apart, government is out of control, taxes are through the roof, and law enforcement has check points and spy cameras everywhere but the idiots are worried bout fido having someplace nice to take a dump!!!!

UNBELIEVABLE STUPIDITY!!!!

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wonderwhy

Jul-31-13 5:34 PM

Congrats to the folks that conjured up over 100,000 votes from a town of 35,000. Impressive! Let's hope the money goes to the dog park. Keep track!

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wonderwhy

Jul-31-13 5:37 PM

Uncommon- why the hate? they won money from Pet Smart. NOT like the top 10 states that take the highest amount of FEDERAL funding being red.

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topofthehill

Jul-31-13 6:02 PM

Totally no hate. I've been wondering from the start: How the heck does it required Tens of thousands to erect a fence around some pro property so people can take their dogs to poop? $25,000 to do that? Yup, makes no sense to a town so short on so much. In Washington, Pa. they built a dog park in a county park, cost nothing but a fence and it's huge. Glad they won.but can't wait to see how they blow $25,000 on dirt and a fence. Just say'in.

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wonderwhy

Jul-31-13 6:26 PM

topofthehill- It would be interesting to see the $100,000 dog park that the grand prize winner will build!

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wonderwhy

Jul-31-13 6:27 PM

Although, I will add. Since when is a dog park considered a place for them to poop? The ones that I have been to have trails and fields to exercise dogs. A dog friendly area.

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iheartwv

Jul-31-13 7:40 PM

Although this article does not detail the plan, most "dog parks" consist of a large fenced community play-interaction area with dog sizes separated. ( not just a place to poop, and owners do comply with clean up) There may also be trails, wooded areas and maybe a simple obstacle course. ( thus the award amount ) It's a playground for dogs. In a city-county area that has many challenges it's nice to see people come together to create a positive community activity that did not exist before. They also did this without taking money from the community, and it boosts spirits. That said, those attending need to beef up - ha - on their dog's social and obedience skills or prepare for a vet bill from a fight incident. Some dogs love to play well with others, some ,.. not so much. I wish them luck with the project.

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richardwhee

Jul-31-13 7:46 PM

What a joke! The $25,000 ias just the beginning. After the fence, they will need some nice grass, a place for them to rest and if it rains, a shelter to keep them dry. Whats wrong with back yards and what they have been using?

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Newgirl

Aug-01-13 12:36 AM

Hey congrats to all for taking the initiative and effort to make it happen. There should be a requirement though that all dogs must be licensed (verified through Ohio County Auditors - maybe start putting a scan bar on the back of the dog tag) and vaccinated. One bit kid and the lawyers will swoop in!!! LOL Way to go dog lovers I wish you all the very best!!

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whgfeeling

Aug-01-13 4:11 AM

wow..are you haters just jealous? is your life so bad that you have to put everything down? I have to laugh at you.

way to go wheeling. will be a great place great new place to take my dog and let him play. a walking track would be nice so some of the owners can get in shape as well. lol.

should be required to walk two miles before you can post on this blog lol. would be like three of us left.

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whgfeeling

Aug-01-13 4:13 AM

I am going to bet that most of the haters on here are overweight. that's where I would place my money.

shed a few pounds and get into the real world with us and enjoy.

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dyingov

Aug-01-13 6:45 AM

whgfeeling, I think the peeps in the picture need an exercise park.....

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topofthehill

Aug-01-13 8:08 AM

Has the City given any thought on the annual cost of maintaining the park?

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TheRealityPolice

Aug-01-13 9:38 AM

newgirl - agreed - keep the Pit Bulls are home.

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TheRealityPolice

Aug-01-13 9:38 AM

"Pit bulls AT home" -

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dyingov

Aug-01-13 10:14 AM

realitypolice, So the "public" park will be limited on breed? Who decides?

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dyingov

Aug-01-13 10:20 AM

Top 10 breeds by incident of biting humans:

1. Pit Bull 2. Rottweiler 3. German Shepherd 4. Cocker Spaniels 5. Wold Hybrids 6. Great Dane 7. Chow Chow 8. Chihuahua 9. Alaskan Malamute and 10. Dachshund

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WhgsFuture

Aug-01-13 10:25 AM

This is fantastic for the city! An ordinary citizen found this contest and nominated Wheeling. A small group of citizens trying to raise money for a dog park put together a campaign to get the support of the public. It worked and Wheeling won $25,000 for a dog park! It is beyond me how anyone could have a problem with this.

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WhgsFuture

Aug-01-13 10:32 AM

The proposed land needs some work before a fence can go up. Installing a fence is more costly than most might think. It cost me $1000 to install a fence on one side of my small yard. Water fixtures will be costly as well. We would like to add some agility equipment and other things for the dogs. Everything will be paid for by private donations and fundraising. The city will maintain the park by cutting the grass.

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acousticportal

Aug-01-13 10:45 AM

First of all...congratulations to all who made this happen..this is positive for our community.

I do have questions. Will this be added as a city responsibility concerning maintenance, clean up, and liability (insurance)? Is there a volunteer citizens group? Rules and regulations? Open and closed times?

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CherokeeProud

Aug-01-13 11:07 AM

@whgfeeling.I have never had a problem with dogs, but $25,000.00 for a dog park? It could have been put to a better use. The first time someone is bitten they will go running to their lawyer looking for some easy money.As for most people you say are haters is because they are overweight is an asinine statement, how about all those people lose weight and you go to a plastic surgeon and get fixed up because I believe you are "Ugly?" Give me a "H3ll Yes" if you agree folks.

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CherokeeProud

Aug-01-13 1:02 PM

@whgfeeling: I missed one important thing I forgot to tell you, "If everybody on here is fat, then that's like saying Obama is a great president. Catch my drift?

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fatboy

Aug-01-13 11:05 PM

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fatboy

Aug-01-13 11:08 PM

Dog peeps, go figure. Where are the cat parks, you raceist bas%^*$ds.

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