The Wilmington neighborhood is flat and easily negotiated on foot in retail and residential areas, where sidewalks and pedestrian ways are present. Industrial areas are less accessible with fewer pedestrian ways and freeways and overpasses that impede foot travel. This area is home to the 3rd largest oilfield in the US, and Wilmington is sparsely populated due to the industrial activity in the area. The waterfront along the south edge of the community can be enjoyed from a waterside park, however, much of the waterfront is dedicated to commercial and industrial endeavors, and only certain sections of the waterfront are publically accessible for locals and their pups to enjoy ocean breezes. Residential areas have single family homes with fenced yards, gardens, and mature trees providing shade and some more climate-tolerant landscaping. Residential neighborhoods and parks in the area provide some shade and rest areas with greenery for those enjoying the area on foot with their dogs.
Wilmington boasts the Wilmington Waterfront Park, this 30-acre park connects to the industrial area riverwalk, which has a bridge and provides a walking greenway for residents with pets and visitors alike. The connecting El Paseo Promenade is open to pedestrians and bicycles and extends for several blocks. The park also has play areas, open spaces, trails, trees, playground equipment and recreational areas for users to enjoy. Dogs should be kept on-leash in the park
Other parks in Wilmington include East Wilmington Pocket Park, Will Hall Park, Avalon Triangle Park, Green Bell Park, Drum Barracks Park, and Wilmington Town Square Park. All feature rest areas, greenspace, and pathways for walking your dog on-leash. If you want to enjoy some off-leash play with your four-legged friend, Knoll Hill Dog Park is located just west of Wilmington, and the K9 Corner Dog Park is located to the east. Both have fenced areas for dogs to enjoy some free play, and for owners to enjoy socializing with other local pet owners.