Highland Park is a small residential neighborhood running along both sides of Highland Street between US-1 and the Indian River. Most of the homes in the area are large, well-established houses and there is one apartment building that sit on Forrest Avenue.
US-1 is one of the busiest highways in town and brings with it a significant amount of traffic noise and air pollution.
For your shopping convenience, there is a Walmart Supercenter, a Publix Supermarket, and the Merritt Island Mall, all within a ten-minute drive in various directions. If you prefer to shop for pet supplies in a pet store, MYDOGSWAG is less than five minutes to the south on the corner of Forrest Avenue and Center Street, or there is a Pet Supermarket over on Merritt Island. There are also plenty of places to eat within driving distance, but less than a ten-minute walk away is Papasan's Vietnamese Café. This restaurant is a local favorite and serves up some spectacular food.
Highland Park is located in a bustling area of town and the traffic on US-1 never seems to slow down during the day. Forrest Avenue also stays bustling during the day. Thankfully, both halves of Highland Street have sidewalks for you and your dog to make good use of.
In this neighborhood, you get to choose between walking on the sidewalk that runs for miles in either direction or crossing the street to enjoy the grassy river bank on the other side. Although the cement sidewalk might make for a slightly less challenging walk, it still comes in handy if the grass on the other side is still soaked after a Florida downpour.
The grass, on the other hand, is typically a better choice as it's far gentler on your dog's paws. Along with not being rough like cement, during the warmer months of the year, paved surfaces can quickly reach temperatures that can easily cause burns and discomfort.
The nearest green space in Highland Park is the riverbank. It offers you and your dog miles of walking along the Indian River where you can watch the boats going by all year round. In some areas, there are plenty of shade trees, while others are mostly grass, adding a little challenge to your daily walks.
However, on the other side of US-1 is West Highland Drive. This road leads directly to Bracco Park. In the park itself, there are three water retention ponds that feed fresh water to the city's wastewater treatment plant. The park offers a walking trail that circles each of the three and around the entire set. Along with the walking trails, there is plenty of open space for you and your dog to play on. Just remember, all dogs must be on a leash in city parks and you are required to clean up after them.