Forest Park is a small, single-family residential community between Forrest Avenue and the Indian River. The houses here are older and straddle both sides of Parkway Street. To the southwest, your neighbors are businesses like the U-Haul Dealer and the Dixie Motel and Apartments. On the west side is US-1, one of the busiest highways in town.
When you want to drop by a store, there are a few small local shops in the immediate area, but if you want something larger, there is the Walmart Supercenter to the north. Here, you should be able to find everything your family needs, including food and treats for your playful pooch. The only restaurant within walking distance is Papasan's Vietnamese Café, which has a reputation for being one of the best Vietnamese restaurants in the area. Customers say that their Pho is amazing! For other dining options, you may want to look further afield.
While the street you live on in Forest Park is quiet most of the day, there are still people leaving for and coming home from work. However, with so few houses, the amount of traffic they generate is minimal. All the heavy traffic is over on US-1, out of sight. The best place to take your pup out for long daily walks is the sidewalk running along Indian River Drive, the road separating your home from the river. The flat terrain and lack of hills will make it a fairly easy stroll.
The sidewalks are in good repair and run for miles in either direction. During the day, there is traffic on this road to keep an eye on, but since you have a sidewalk to use, the only thing you need is a short leash. By taking your walks along the river, you can enjoy the cool breezes while watching the boats go by on the water.
The nearest park to your home is to the south on Harrison Street. The Cocoa Riverfront Park offers a vast area of grass to walk on as long as your dog is on a leash and you carry bags to clean up any messes. From here, the two you can use the wide grass berm along Harrison Street to go to the Lee-Werner Park where there is boardwalk access, a boat ramp, and more grass to play on, all with a spectacular view of the Indian River.
If your pooch is like most, they probably love the chance to run around with others of their kind without the hassle of being on the other end of a leash. The nearest dog park is over in Rockledge on Pluckebaum Road. Aptly named Barks and Recreation, the park is divided into areas for large and small breeds. Each area has a doggy water fountain and there is plenty of room for your pup to get out there and make new friends.