Dog owners and their pets walking around this neighborhood should avoid summer thunderstorms which can pack high winds and heavy rains. Summertime also means humid weather and people and pets can become overheated, resulting in heat-related illnesses if they are not careful. Avoid extreme heat, drink lots of water, and don't forget that your pup needs hydration too! Winters are cold with freezing temperatures and light snow being the norm. A warm jacket and good footwear will keep you comfortable during winter months. Be prepared for some rain in transitional months with rain gear and an umbrella.
Fairlawn is an irregular shaped neighborhood with the Kenilworth Avenue Freeway on the northwest border extending up to the Pennsylvania Avenue area. Good Hope Road is located to the south with Naylor Road on the east side.
This middle-class neighborhood has approximately 3,443 residents, an average population density. Dwellings are low rise apartments and row houses mostly of brick construction. There are lots of trees lining quiet residential roads, separate sidewalks, and grassy berms for pedestrians and pets to make use of.
The terrain is fairly level with some areas having slight inclines at a gentle slope. There are no steep areas to climb when walking in the neighborhood. A high school in the area provides a large sports field including a football stadium. Just across the freeway, the Anacostia Park is situated along the river. There are some main commercial thoroughfares in the region, but most of the area is a developed residential environment.
Fort Dupont Park is situated several blocks northeast of Fairlawn and can be reached on foot. This park has lots of wooded areas with walking trails for you and your canine companion to enjoy. There are also some recreational facilities around the park including a recreation center.
The Anacostia Park is situated across the freeway from Fairlawn and, although nearby, pedestrians and pets must cross the freeway to reach it. A pedestrian way along Pennsylvania Avenue can be used to access the riverfront park. This park has lots of open space with recreational facilities, athletic fields, and a trail along the river. A unique playground with a pirate ship play structure is located here as well as an outdoor pool.
The Anacostia Riverwalk Trail extends to the north and south for some distance in both directions and makes a great place to walk with your pup. Keep your dog leashed and watch for joggers and cyclists along the trail.