Medney Park is a tiny pocket community located on N Halifax Drive on the bank of the Halifax River and two blocks inland from the beach. The neighborhood sits beside the Ortona Elementary School. Living here might put you within a short walk to the beach, but you should plan to drive if you need groceries or pet supplies as the nearest stores are up north in Bellair Plaza where there is also a Publix grocery store.
The other thing that is distinctly missing is any type of dog park. Luckily, you have miles of beach within walking distance to play on. Most who live on the beachside come here for the sunny summer weather and constant 90-degree days, but some decide to stay here for the 50 to 60-degree winters when you and your pup can still go for your daily walks on the sand almost every day of the week.
The terrain around Medney Park is flat and pretty unexciting. You can stick to the sidewalks and use them to create a variety of walking routes to break up the monotony of your day to day walks. Dogs use their powerful noses to explore their surroundings and can quickly become bored with sniffing at the same places every day. The more variety you can add to the places you take your pooch, the happier they are going to be going out every day.
Dogs paws were not designed to walk on pavement, so remember to give your pup's paws time to toughen up before they can handle long walks. During the summer months when the temperatures are in the 90s, paved surfaces in direct sunlight can reach temperatures in excess of 135°F, especially in this area of Florida. At these temperatures, the ground can cause some serious discomfort or even burns.
When it comes to living on the beachside, the nearest large space is the beach itself. Pet owners should, however, know that during the summer months, the dry sand can be extremely hot, so take walks during the early morning hours.
offers you and Fido a chance to get in a good workout during your walk. To do this, all you have to do is start
your walk in the soft, dry sand. This sand is hard to walk in and will give your legs a serious workout. The good news is that you can walk
back in the wet sand which is much cooler
and easier for both of you to walk on. As
an added bonus, the two of you can spend time playing in the surf and having a little fun.
Just remember to keep your pup on a leash when venturing along the coast and clean up after them.