Rolando Village is a neighborhood located just under a 20-minute commute northeast of San Diego, California's central business district. Rolando Village is part of the northern section of the larger Rolando District. It has a commercial corridor located on its northern border along El Cajon Boulevard and on the southern border along University Avenue where many restaurants, shops, and services can be reached by locals on foot.
Some dog-friendly restaurants in the region that allow your dog to join you in their outdoor seating areas are Garden Kitchen, Chebahut, Clockwork Coffee Shop, Tea Station, and Alforon. There are two veterinarians within walking distance for Rolando Village residents and their pets. Petmarket is a local pet supply store where you can take your dog to pick up some toys, treats, or supplies and the Barkin Dales Dog Wash and Boutique is also located within easy reach.
You can enjoy outdoor meals and walks with your dog most of the year with hot, sunny summers and mild winters.
Rolando Village is a mostly residential area. The neighborhood is considered part of the larger Rolando district which is divided by University Avenue with Rolando Village located to the north and Rolando Park to the south. Rolando Village is bordered by College Avenue on the west, El Cajon Boulevard on the north, and University Avenue on the south with an irregular border along the eastern edge.
The region has varied terrain with some level areas and other hilly areas that will require you and your dog to trek up and down to get around on daily excursions. Plan your walk according to your ability level, especially if you or your pet has mobility issues. Sidewalks are prevalent in the area and provide you and your pup safe, separate pedestrian ways in the region.
There are some low rise apartments in the area, but most of the residential dwellings are single-family homes on well landscaped properties.
Two neighborhood parks provide greenways in the Rolando Village area. Clay Park is situated centrally in the northern section of the neighborhood and features sports fields, a basketball court, and paved walking path where you can stroll with your leashed dog.
Rolando Park is located in the southern area along Vigo Drive and is open from 6AM to 10 PM which gives you lots of early and late hours to take advantage of the park in summer when midday temperatures are uncomfortable. This park occupies 3.5 acres and has picnic and barbecue sites, benches, restrooms, a playground, and ball fields. Dogs must remain leashed in this greenway as well and you should be prepared to clean up after your pet in neighborhood parks to be respectful to other users.
The Ward Canyon Dog Park is a 20-minute drive to the west and allows for off-leash play in an enclosed dog run.