Dog owners in Brightwood Park can enjoy plenty of nice weather for walking with their pooches, however, some inclement weather does occur that is not conducive to pedestrian travel. Winters will require warm outerwear and good footwear as they are cold and icy with some snowfall. Summers are humid and you may wish to schedule your daily walks with your furry friend for times of the day when heat is not such an issue. Summer thunderstorms can occur and you should take shelter with your dog when these storms are imminent as high winds and heavy downpours pose a threat to exposed people and pups.
Brightwood Park is a moderately sized and mostly residential neighborhood. Its borders are Georgia Avenue on the west side, New Hampshire Avenue on the east side, Missouri Avenue on the north, and Emerson Street on the south.
The neighborhood has homes featuring historic architecture and there is an apartment building in the area that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Other dwellings in the community include row houses as well as detached and semi-detached single-family homes. There are other structures in the area that house commercial activity, community centers, and schools. Properties are well landscaped and maintained with attractive gardens and yards.
Streets are lined with trees and grassy berms to make walking comfortable. Sidewalks are prevalent in the area and you and your dog will not have to share the road with vehicles. The terrain, however, has some inclines with long, gently sloping hills. Although not steep, these hills can be taxing to climb, so be prepared and plan your route to your ability.
Fort Slocum Park is located just a few blocks north of Brightwood Park and is easily accessible for people and pets. This park was once an earthwork defense during the civil war and is now a lovely park with heavily forested areas providing shade and shelter on hot sunny days and open lawns for playing or relaxing with your pup. This greenway is a great nearby park to visit with your dog and enjoy a picnic or a walk.
There are a few triangular shaped and open green spaces, bounded by paved sidewalks in Brightwood Park.
The Upshur Dog Park is located several blocks to the south but can be reached on foot. This fenced dog park has a double gate for security and there is water available. However, there is only one enclosure, so large and small dogs must mix. If you have a small or senior dog, you may want to try to find times when the park is less busy.