Dog owners who walk this area regularly will find cold winters and hot summers to contend with. Wearing warm coats in winter and cool fabrics in summer will be necessary. Severe winter blizzards are rare, but when they do occur, dog walkers may want to take shelter and find ways to exercise their pets indoors. Severe thunderstorms are more frequent in spring and summer months and can pack high winds, heavy rain, and lightning which are hazardous to exposed people and pets. Thunderstorms can startle or frighten many dogs, so you should take shelter when storms are imminent and wait for them to pass before venturing out.
The south side is where industrial and commercial activity is situated and this is not a pedestrian-friendly area as it has heavier traffic, less landscaping, and more pavement. The terrain is level and people and pets of all ability and mobility levels can get around easily without having to climb steep hills.
The large freeway on the south border is difficult for pedestrians to cross and has high-speed vehicles. These factors pose a danger to pedestrians and pups and should be avoided or crossed only at designated marked crossings.
The National Arboretum is located on the south side of the Gateway neighborhood and across the freeway. This large park occupies 446 acres and has carefully cultivated and maintained gardens on the east side with wooded areas that feature a variety of majestic trees on the west side. This park has paved trails throughout and dogs are permitted on the paths on a leash.
The Fort Lincoln Park is just a few blocks to the north. This park is built at the site of a former earthwork civil war defense site. This site is now a park with recreational facilities and sports fields. The park also provides some paved paths for strolls with your furry friend.
The Dakota Playground is located in the Gateway neighborhood and features a play structure, as well as basketball and tennis courts. There are paved trails looping around the greenway features where you can walk with your dog right in the community.