Roberta Park is a small neighborhood consisting of a few single-family homes set right on the corner of N. Nova Rd. and International Speedway Blvd. For those who love donuts, there is a donut shop right on the corner along with several other businesses. The homes here might be older, but they are well-kept with plenty of shade. There are, however, no sidewalks until you get out to the main roads, but these are not the best place for you and your pup to go walking as the pedestrian and motor traffic tends to be heavy, especially during the peak times of the day. There are pet supply stores, vets, and an animal hospital within driving distance. You can also find a variety of eateries along N. Nova Rd to sample. The climate here is mild in the winter, but during the summer months, it can be harsh with temperatures in the 90s and humidity levels to match.
Roberta Park is about as flat as it comes, the sides of the roads are lined with grass and sand for your pup to walk along. But once you go east for a couple of blocks, you should find plenty of residential areas with sidewalks and grass berms for you and Rover to walk along. Not only does this make your walks a little safer, but the grass also gives your pup a cooler surface to walk on and a place to do their business.
If you want more challenging walks, all you have to do is walk across the intersection of Nova and International Speedway Blvd. to Tuscawilla Park. The alternative is to make the most out of your walks in the neighborhood by choosing different directions and adding distance. Making your walks with your pup more exciting and challenging is all about being creative in your approach to each walk.
Roberta Park is a nice shady community with very little in the way of greenways within its borders. The good news is that Tuscawilla Park is just across the road. This park was built in 1993 and is a 45-pin frisbee golf course. It also offers several trails for you and your pup to explore and plenty of shade for those hot summer days.
Of course, if you don't mind hopping in the car and taking your pup for a bit of a cruise, there are several state parks and wildlife management areas close by. The nearest of these is the Tiger Bay State Forest covering over 27,000 acres of wetlands, swamps, lakes, and more for you to romp through. The lakes and waters are great for fishing and trails will take you deep into this amazing area. In 1998, the park suffered severe damage during the fires. Today, the area has seen a rebirth that has helped restore the land.