According to historians, Spring Gardens has the distinction of being the oldest "purpose-built single-family home" community in Miami. The neighborhood was platted and built in the 1920s and quickly became one of the premier neighborhoods in the city. The homes here are a blend of Mission and Streamline Moderne homes. Nestled between the Seybold Canal and the Miami River, the deep-water access added to the value of the land along with certain deed restrictions. As you might imagine with such a small community, dog parks, pet stores, and places to eat are all nearby. Most of the homes have docks in either the canal or river, making this a very popular neighborhood with the boating crowd.
For those who love to go boating almost as much as they love to walk their dog, the weather here is ideal for both. Summers in the 90s and winters in the 60s are only one reason why this area has become so popular.
What we have is a small community located on a flat spit of land where the Seybold Canal and the Miami River converge. When it comes to walking Fido, the only thing you can do is choose different directions each time you hit the bottom of the driveway. Be sure that you wear light-colored clothing to help motorists see you, especially if you walk in the late evening.
You can also take a walk down to Spring Garden Point Park which, while small, does have a trail and some grass for Fido to play on. Living in Miami does have one small disadvantage for your pooch. Once the outside temperatures rise above 75 degrees, the pavement starts to reach temperatures in excess of 120 degrees which is hot enough to burn Fido's paws. By the time the temperature hits the mid-80s, the pavement can cause serious damage, so exercise appropriate caution.
The only greenway in the neighborhood is the small Spring Garden Point Park which is just big enough for you and Fido to get in a little exercise. If you prefer to find a larger park or one that has an actual dog park in it, you must be prepared to drive. There are literally dozens of parks and dog parks in the city; you just have to decide which direction you plan to go. Many of these parks are simple community parks with playgrounds, basketball courts, tennis courts, the occasional public pool, grass, trees, and trails.
The hardest part is trying to determine if you and Fido are welcome. In most cases, you are both welcome unless there are signs stating otherwise. The most important thing you can do is to make sure your dog behaves, that you follow the park rules, and most importantly, you clean up any waste Fido tries to leave behind.