The downtown area of Stockton is commonly referred to as the Civic Center District. It is at the center of this vibrant city. A well thought out metro area includes Mcleod Lake and many green spaces. The area is a diverse walk through an urban center, home to the Stockton Civic Center where the district draws its name, the Stockton Downtown Marina, and the Children’s Museum of Stockton to name a few local amenities. This is a family-friendly downtown with plenty to see on a walk through with your furry friend.
Stockton has mild winters with hot and dry summers. In the Central Valley, Stockton can have a greater range of daily temperatures. On an average June day, temperatures range from the high 50s at night to highs 80s during the heat of the day. If dog walking carries you through your day, you will want to plan accordingly by dressing in layers.
The Civic Center District in Stockton is a diverse metro area that is a combination of artificial and natural turf. A typical city walk experience is mixed in with some excellent green spaces. McLeod River is located to the west and is home to the Downtown Mariana, a favorite walking destination known for its great views of not just awesome boats, but the downtown area as well. This can be a mixed bag of tricks for your canine friend! Sidewalks abound that can be rough on sensitive paws with green turf popping up to give those paws a needed rest.
Automotive traffic can be heavy, so follow pedestrian rules when crossing busy streets. As a popular pedestrian location, you might watch for stress in your dog from crowds. Be considerate of your pup relieving themselves on the sidewalks and try to plan for that in a green space with less foot traffic.
Surprising for a metro area, there are some green spaces in The Civic Center District. Stockton does have three off-leash dog parks, however, they are not located within the downtown area, so enjoy these spaces with your canine friend safe on their leash.
Miners Levee is a paved walking experience at the end of Mcleod Lake. It wraps around the Stockton Arena and Banner Island Ballpark to Weber’s Point off of North Center Street and leads into the Marina on the south side. You will find the Joan Darrah Promenade at the Marina and, while not green, it is a waterfront walk. Throughout the Levee walk, you will find shady coverings that are perfect for taking a break. While the lake may be a favorite walking spot, you will find smaller planned green spaces throughout the downtown area. Scattered here and there are treescapes with resting benches that can break up longer walks.