Georgia Man Wins Dream Dog Park Makeover

Winning entry will serve as inspiration for a $500,000 renovation of a local dog park.

Posted: September 13, 2010, 2 a.m. EDT

Pat McNeely and his dog Koda

If you had $500,000 to create the ultimate dream dog park for you and your dog, what would it look like? One lucky Georgia resident, Pat McNeely, gets to find out.

McNeely is the winner of the Beneful WagWorld Dream Dog Park Contest. His winning entry will help serve as inspiration for a $500,000 renovation of his local dog park, Newtown Dog Park in Johns Creek, Ga.

“When I heard I won, I must have said ‘no way’ about 12 times, each time louder and louder!” McNeely laughs.

McNeely also won $5,000 and a year’s supply of Beneful dog food for his dog Koda.

“We were amazed by the creativity and quality of the entries we received in this contest – dog owners really know how to dream big,” says DIY Network host and design expert Jason Cameron, who will manage the dog park’s transformation. “While we received many outstanding entries, Pat McNeely’s entry rose to the top and I am excited to manage the transformation of his neighborhood dog park into the WagWorld Dream Dog Park for his entire community to enjoy.”

Preliminary plans for the new dog park include a climbing structure, plastic tunnels, doggie splash pad, running trails and lots of grass and shade trees.

The newly redesigned park will open in the spring. For more information on the contest and to view the winning entry, visit


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Andrea   Johns Creek, GA

9/14/2010 10:36:52 AM

Hooray for Pat McNeely!!! I saw the contest & the time got away from me to enter. I LIVE in Johns Creek and CAN'T WAIT for the spring to be able to take my 3 little pups to the new and greatly improved dog park!!

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TC   Houston, TX

9/13/2010 10:32:17 PM


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Stephanie   North Canton, OH

9/13/2010 6:24:40 PM


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Ashley   Cosby, TN

9/13/2010 7:22:54 AM

Awesome! That's great!

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