Washington Park is a small residential neighborhood filled with single-family homes centered around the community's namesake park. The Washington Park Community Center offers a baseball field and enough grassy space for a soccer pitch. While this is an older community, those who live here choose to keep their surroundings clean and tidy. If you want more than a small park for you and Spike to walk and play in, a road trip is in order. The same applies to pet supply stores and restaurants. Their streets do have narrow sidewalks running on both sides, but be prepared as most have palm trees growing through them.
However, if you are after weather that stays walkable all year long, then this is the place for you. How would you feel about being able to run around in shorts in January? You can do that here as the daytime temperatures are in the 60s and the rains are quite predictable!
The terrain in Washington Park is typical of what you might come to expect of suburban Miami: street after street of modest homes with suburban-sized yards. There is nothing too exciting in the way of challenging terrain here.
On the other hand, if you take a look at the map and think creatively, you might be surprised at how many ways you can find to walk around the neighborhood. You can change blocks, go in different directions, make some walks long and others short. The more you put into making your walks fun, the more Spike will look forward to them. Yes, even your dog can get bored with taking the same walk every day.
You can always tack in some play time in one of the local parks. Not only will this give both of you room to play, it will give them a little time off the pavement which is sure to feel good on the paws.
Washington Park is blessed with access to three parks of varying size for you and Spike to spend time running around in. The smallest, Neal Park, is on the corner of NE 152nd Terrace and NE 14th Court and offers a large patch of grass with a pathway running through it. It also boasts plenty of picnic tables and benches to sit on.
Next up is the Washington Park which is part of the Washington Park Community Center. Here, you will find a large area of grass that the two of you can run around on.
At the very northern tip of the community on the north side of NE 115th St. is the Martin Luther King Park. This park is a wide strip of grass that runs for three blocks running east to west and is a great way for the two of you to get in a nice long walk.