For Immediate Release: Oct. 19, 2010
Contact: Kim Becker
City of Henderson Parks and Recreation Department
Henderson’s Bark Park Mascot Receives A Name
Samantha Chang Wins City’s Name Our Puppy Contest
HENDERSON, Nev. – The six-foot-tall puppy mascot at the Bark Park at Heritage Park has received a name -- Barkules (pronounced like Hercules). The name was chosen through the City of Henderson Parks and Recreation Department’s Name Our Puppy Contest, which was open to children and teens (ages 5-18) throughout Southern Nevada.
The winning name was submitted by Samantha Chang, an 11-year-old Henderson resident. Her submission was chosen out of a field of more than 150 entries.
“There were dozens of creative, cute and clever names submitted, and that made choosing just one very difficult,” said Kim Becker, Communications and Marketing supervisor, City of Henderson Parks and Recreation Department. “But we think Barkules is a perfect fit. It nicely ties in the name of the Bark Park while also giving the puppy a name that shows his importance. His friendly face greets visitors to the Bark Park, and we like to think he is mighty and strong.”
Parks Superintendent Doug Guild presented Chang with a certificate of achievement as well as a prize package. Prizes were co-sponsored by the Galleria at Sunset Mall, Levi Strauss, Tracey Ford Perry Photography, Madame Tussaud’s Las Vegas, and Rave Motion Pictures.
To learn more about the Bark Park at Heritage Park, visit cityofhenderson.com.
The nationally accredited City of Henderson Parks and Recreation Department provides premium services through diverse and innovative parks, recreation and natural resource opportunities. It serves the community with seven recreation centers (including a facility for adults 50+), 11 pools, 50 parks, five skate parks, two sports complexes, more than 60 linear miles of trails, Acacia Demonstration Gardens, the Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve, and thousands of programs for people of all ages and abilities.