Sunnyside has had a history of being up and down throughout the years. Its history spans over 150 years and started as an industrial area, housing the rail yards and smelters and drawing a lot immigrants in search of work and a better life. The area fell on hard times in the 80s and 90s, but has recently had a major resurgence and has become a thriving destination for families.
You will find lots of coffee shops and restaurants sprinkled through the neighborhood and there are even some handy pet stores along the borders where your pampered pup is sure to find something they are craving.
The Denver climate is perfect for walkers during the spring, summer, and fall. It never gets scorching hot and the dry air makes even these temperatures feel quite comfortable. Winters can be a bit cold and Denver is prone to snow storms, so you may find that there are a few days where you are better off keeping your pooch indoors.
Sunnyside is primarily flat and even the rolling hills that you find through much of Denver and the surrounding area are absent. Many dog walkers prefer the flat ground since their goal is fresh air and exercise for their pup. A leisurely stroll where they can wander around and explore the surroundings is preferable. If exercise is your goal, heading south will take you down towards the river and some hillier terrain.
You will find full sidewalks through much of Sunnyside which make walking far more enjoyable. There are grassy shoulders and many of the streets are lined with trees which offer plenty of shade. Even the busier roads have sidewalks, ensuring that there are not many places where you cannot take your dog around the neighborhood.
Sunnyside is bordered on the north side by I-70 and on the east side by the railroad, so if you plan to go for a long walk, you'll want to head in a different direction.
There are four greenways inside Sunnyside that might make great places to stop and let your pup roll in the grass. To the north is Pecos and 46th Park, a small space with grass and not much else, but that is really all your pup needs to feel a bit playful.
Just to the south is Chaffee Park which does have some walking paths and trees for shade, but the park is small and might be best as just a place to take a break. Ciancio Park has a nice bit of grass and places to relax and enjoy the fresh air.
Finally, Columbus Park is tiny, but it does have some nice grassy areas and walkways. If you really want a place to escape, a great destination for you and your pup is Rocky Mountain Lake Park. The large lake and walking paths make a refreshing change from the city and the greenways around the walking path offer lots of room for your pup to explore.