Weather systems in Kingman Park can present difficult conditions for walking when winter storms, Atlantic hurricanes, or thunderstorms are occurring. Keep up to date on weather systems and imminent severe weather. Winters are cold and snowy and good outerwear and footwear are necessary if you take your dog out daily for walks during winter months. Summers are hot and humid, so when temperatures and humidity are extreme, they can cause heat-related illnesses if precautions are not taken. Make sure you and your dog stay hydrated and do not overexert yourselves during hot weather.
Kingman Park is bordered by East Capitol Street on the south border, the RFK Stadium, park areas, and the Anacostia River on the east, Benning Road on the north, and 15th Street on its west side. This area is a mostly residential neighborhood with older homes, mostly dating back to the 1920s. Homes consist predominantly of row houses with some low rise apartments and multifamily housing units.
The stadium on the east side has large parking lots and paved areas that are not pedestrian-friendly, however, the greenways and walking trail along the river are ideal for strolls with your pup. Residential streets and properties are well landscaped and properties have nicely landscaped yards and large shade trees.
The terrain is mostly level and there are no steep climbs for you and your dog to contend with in the district. The area has sidewalks, some with brick surfaces, providing safe walkways for pedestrians and pets.
The Heritage Island Park is located near the river and is accessible from the east bank by a boardwalk bridge. This island greenway is a popular location for boaters, fishers, and families having picnics. Be aware that the Anacostia River waterway is tidal and water levels can vary.
The Kingsman Field Dog Park is located on the west side of Kingman Park and has two separate off-leash areas. Waste bags are supplied in the park and there is a drinking water supply, however, you should come prepared with your own in case these amenities are not available.