Kennedy Park is a small neighborhood on the south side of SR-44 near the local Ford dealership. Although living out here does put you far enough away from the city center to avoid much of the noise and traffic, with SR-44 on your doorstep, you will have to live with a lot of traffic outside your living room window.
Living out in the suburbs does has many advantages including close access to many of the new big box stores and strip malls attracted to the area because of the housing boom. From a large DIY megastore to grocery and clothing stores, it's all only a few minutes' drive away. This includes restaurants and places to buy dog food for your faithful hound.
The good news is that you live across the street from Otter Park South and Otter Park North, giving you and your dog plenty of shady trails to go walking on when the summer sun is shining.
While Kennedy Park might only be a small neighborhood of single-family homes sitting on a very busy stretch of SR-44, there are plenty of quieter neighborhoods around you to take your dog for walks if you don’t feel like crossing over to the other side. If you are new to the area, you live right next door to the New Smyrna Beach Area Visitors Bureau.
You certainly wouldn't want to take your dog out for a walk along SR-44 as it's usually far too busy to go for hikes. Thankfully, there are several larger residential areas with plenty of quiet streets you can both walk along without having to worry about too much traffic.
One thing the two of you are sure to appreciate is that many of your neighboring communities have plenty of shade trees to help keep you cooled down when the sun is shining on your walks.
There are plenty of green spaces all around Kennedy Park. Behind your house, there is a large area of woods surrounding a large home in the center. The woods act as a nice windbreak in the winter but can cut back on cooling breezes in the summer.
On the other side of SR-44 are the dozens of wooded acres comprising both Otter Park South and Otter Park North. You and your dog will find plenty of shady trails to follow or you can walk along the banks of Turnbull Creek where your dog can wade in the cool water. Otter Park North also has a small lake to enjoy.
Living in Kennedy Park, you are only a five-minute drive from the New Smyrna Beach Dog Park. The park offers two separate fenced-in areas. Each section has water fountains for the dogs, obstacles for the pups to play on, and a large shady pavilion for you to sit in the shade.