West Kendall is a not really just one community, it is a warren of carefully planned neighborhoods with limited house types which can be easy to get lost in. There are broad swaths of single-family cookie cutter homes, multi-family units, and condos. There are several lakes, a large park, numerous businesses, restaurants, parks, and shopping centers throughout the community. The area suffered widespread damage during Hurricane Andrew in 1992 and has slowly rebuilt itself. Luckily, most of the individual housing sections have roomy sidewalks with grass berms to walk on.
When it comes to hot weather, this area of Miami has average summer high temperatures in the upper 80s and lower 90s. If you are moving here from up north, you are going to love the winters here. There is no snow to deal with and January daytime temperatures stay in the 60s. Beyond the occasional rainy day, you can count on being able to go walking every day.
West Kendall is an exciting blend of carefully manicured yards, carefully planned streets, and lakes. Going on walks here can be thought of in two ways. One, that the flat planned streets are about as challenging as watching paint dry. Two, you can think of is as a chance to put your creative mind to work in planning different routes for you and Rocky to take each day.
One thing to keep in mind is that paved surfaces can be hard on Rocky's paws. You need to start out with short walks, frequent breaks, and constant inspection. It will take several weeks or more for their paws to toughen up enough to go for longer walks. You should also plan to take your walks during the early part of the day before the pavement has had time to bake under the sun and become too hot for Rocky's paws to handle walking on it.
There are several large parks within West Kendall which start in the northern third of the community with Lakes of the Meadow Park. Here, you will find a swimming pool, tennis courts, basketball courts, and plenty of grass and trails for the two of you to make the most of.
Towards the center of the community is Westwind Lakes Park. This is not just one park, it's more like six parks for the price of one. There is splash park that is open during the summer, sports fields, two padded playgrounds for both little ones and school-aged kids, a skate park, bike paths, and plenty of wide-open grassy areas for you and Rocky to run around on.
Finally, in the southwest corner sits Olympic Park with a couple of basketball courts, lots of grass, and a trail the two of you can use as a nice change of pace from going around the block day after day.