Local canines who enjoy daily constitutionals with their human companions will find that San Francisco has pleasant walking weather all year-round. San Francisco's winters are relatively warm and a light jacket on wet or nippy days is usually all that is required. Summer days can start out foggy, but rain is rare between May and September, and cool breezes from the Pacific Ocean moderate summer temperatures so they do not usually become too hot or unbearable to enjoy a walk with your pooch around the community of Inner Parkside.
This neighborhood is hilly with streets laid out in a typical urban grid pattern. The street layout makes Inner Parkside easy to navigate around, however, steep inclines can impede walking for pedestrians and their dogs if mobility issues are present. When venturing out on a walk, remember what goes down must come up! Take rest breaks as necessary so you and your pooch don't overexert yourselves or overheat.
Homes in the area tend to be designed with living space on upper floors and often feature bay windows. Houses are closely spaced and set close to street fronts with garages and driveways at street level. Steep terrain and densely packed houses can result in many vehicles parked tightly on hills and cars may have limited visibility of dogs walking in the neighborhood on sidewalks that closely border roadways. Keep your dog leashed so he does not inadvertently step out in front of a vehicle.
Inner Parkside is surrounded by several large parks and natural areas. Just southwest of Inner Parkside is the Sigmund Stern Recreation Grove which provides acres of green space and trees and often features entertainment such as live theatre, concerts, and dance performances that can be enjoyed from open green spaces. There are also recreational facilities located in the park, a walking trail around the lake that is located here, and a dog play area that allows off-leash dog activity. Be sure your dog has good recall if playing off-leash in the park!
Although located just outside Inner Parkside, Golden Gate Heights Park is just a short walk to the east and provides recreational facilities with trees, lawns, and trails. The park also features some of the dune habitats of Hawk Hill. These areas are accessible by trails but hikers need to stay on the paths to prevent damage to sensitive ecosystems in natural areas.