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Community Input: Pet Memorial Project Poem

Sparks Poetry Selection for Pet Memorial Project Located at Sparks Marina

The public is invited to present original poems written for installation of a public art project at the Sparks Marina Park.

Download the poems here:

The Present Coming Homes Tail Wagging Now


About the Project:

Memorial: The Pet Memorial is designed to allow pet owners, that have lost a pet, attach old dog tags to the grid to honor their lost friendship. The piece includes a large steel structure to be engraved with a poem about the loss of a pet and the significance of the relationship.

Learn how you can sponsor this project here: Pet Memorial Project Sponsorships

Poem:  33 poems were submitted  and 3 were chosen for public input by a panel of literary experts: published authors, poetry instructors and a Washoe County Librarian.  These top three poems are open to the community to decide which will grace the memorial.

 Poetry Guidelines:

  • Poem must reflect one or more of these themes:
    • owner/pet relationships
    • joy, strength, depth of relationship
    • loss of relationship
  • Judging will be made on the following criteria:
    • Form/Style
    • Comprehension/Coherence
    • Mood/Imagery
    • Scope/Significance
    • Universality
  • Please consider that this is for a public audience of all ages.

One vote per person please.

Vote here.

For more information on the project, please contact Francine Burge at 775-353-7856 or fburge@cityofsparks.us.