In the spring of 2010, Johns Creek resident and dog owner Pat McNeely entered the Beneful WagWorld Dream Dog Park Contest. Contestants were asked to share their vision of the ultimate dog park.
A short 250 word essay and video later, McNeely and his Siberian Huskey Koda found that they had won the $500,000 grand prize — a complete renovation of the dog park at Johns Creek's Newtown Park.
The renovation of the Newtown Dog Park was managed by TV personality and design expert Jason Cameron. The renovation features tunnels, water splash pads, shade trees, hoops, a bone-shaped bridge and special ground-level water fountains.
Opening ceremonies for the Newtown Dream Dog Park were held on Wednesday. Johns Creek Mayor Mike Bodker issued a proclamation recognizing the roles that McNeely and Koda played in winning the renovation for the city of Johns Creek.