Deems Orange Park is a small residential community located on the west side of South Ridgewood Avenue-US-1 and sits close to the Dunlawton Avenue Bridge. Living here means being sandwiched between US-1, a bustling highway, and a small commercial park. This, and the fact there are several multi-family housing units on Magnolia Street, create a somewhat noisy neighborhood.
With Dunlawton Avenue just a few blocks south and US-1 immediately to the east, you have direct access to a wide selection of amenities such as grocery stores, pet supply stores, gas stations, and an excellent variety of fast food and local restaurants for you and your family to check out when no one feels like cooking.
There is one green space within walking distance, but beyond this, you and your pup should plan to spend a little time in the car finding the best places to get out and enjoy the fresh air and sunshine.
There's no getting around it: the traffic in this part of town is hectic at the best of times! During rush hour, it can best be described as crazy. Although Magnolia Street itself doesn't get too busy, Orange Avenue and South Ridgewood carry a lot of commercial traffic all day long. You can take short walks within the neighborhood and those to the south, but no matter where you walk in this area, you and your pup will be faced with a significant amount of traffic during the day.
Taking your walks early in the morning before the traffic gets started for the day is one way keep both of you safe on your hikes. Going over to Riverwalk Park and using the grass may be a much better choice. The only hard part is that you do have to cross South Ridgewood to get to the park. But the trip is worth the effort as the view of the Halifax River from the park is spectacular!
Here again, there is just the one green space within walking distance which is Riverwalk Park. Riverwalk is a medium-sized park with a vast expanse of grass and walking path. It gives you a chance to watch the boats cruising by on the Halifax River while your dog pulls you around on the grass.
Alternatively, you can hop in the car and head over to the beach. The beach is a fantastic product of mother nature. It offers beautiful soft sand that is hard to walk in and will give your legs a great workout. It also provides you with wet sand that is firmly packed and much easier to stroll along. Better than all of this, there are the warm waters of the Atlantic to go swimming in when you need to cool off! There is no better way to spend time out in the fresh air and sunshine than a nice long walk along the sand.