Dog owners and their playful pups that like to walk daily need to be aware of inclement weather and take precautions to prepare for conditions that are not conducive to on foot travel. Thunderstorms in warmer months, Atlantic storm systems in the fall, and occasional severe winter blizzards have high winds, heavy precipitation, and create hazardous conditions for dog walkers and their pets. Take shelter when storms are imminent and find indoor activities to burn of your pup's energy. Usual winter weather is cold with some snow and a warm coat will allow you to venture out on winter days with your pet. Summers are humid and precautions to stay hydrated should be taken.
Garfield Heights is bordered by Bruce Place on the northwest, Ainger Place on the northeast, the Suitland Parkway on the southwest, and Alabama Avenue on the southeast.
This neighborhood is a developed residential area with apartment buildings and some single-family detached homes. Complexes have communal grounds with large lawns and interconnected pedestrian ways to get around the property. The area is undergoing redevelopment and many apartments are being repurposed as high-end condominiums.
The terrain slopes down toward the southern end of the district. Some of the inclines in the area are significant and, if you stroll down towards the Suitland Parkway, you will need to climb back up again. There is landscaping on private properties and trees lining residential roads. Trees are moderate in the side but throw some shade on summer days and there are separate sidewalks and grass berms, so pedestrians and pets do not have to share the road with local traffic.
The Avalon Playground is located a few blocks to the west of Garfield Heights. This recreational greenway has a recreation center, a pool, a play structure, ball diamond, and basketball and tennis courts. A natural wooded space is located on the east side of the Avalon Playground. Fort Rickets is the site of a former civil war earthwork and now provides a shady tree location for locals to enjoy.
Several blocks to the southeast, the Oxon Run Park provides 126 acres of deciduous forest and wetland preserve. This large greenway has multiple trails for hiking with your pet and occupies the area around the Oxun Run creek and ravine. The terrain in the area can vary with weather conditions, so use caution after wet weather. Your dog should remain on a leash in this park to avoid local wildlife and to be respectful to other trail and park users.