Hickory Park is a small neighborhood of single-family homes along both sides of Newton Road. The houses here are modest in size and well-kept. This is an established community with plenty of large shade trees helping to keep the sun at bay. Each side of Newton Road has a sidewalk and grass berm for you and your dog to walk on and you are close enough to the All Children's Park and Seemore Memorial Dog Park to walk to them!
If you turn right on Spruce Creek Road and go one block north, you will see the Neighbors General Store. This store has been a fixture in the community for a very long time and offers café style food and plenty of necessities for those times when you don't want to go all the way up to Dunlawton Avenue where the bulk of the shopping in town can be found. If you want something more to eat, you can find plenty of restaurants to choose from along the same road.
Newton Road is your typical residential street with modest traffic during the morning and evening rush hours. Given the noise and exhaust this level of traffic can generate, you and your dog may wish to go for your walks at other times of the day. Spruce Creek Road tends to be a bit of a busy road, but there is a wide sidewalk running along the east side for you and your dog to walk on that will keep you both away from the path of vehicles. You can use this sidewalk to take long walks in either direction or just to take you up to the dog park.
The flat terrain in this neighborhood is perfect for other pedestrians which can be found strolling back and forth on any typical day. A short leash and knowledge of your pup's limitations when it comes to meeting and greeting strangers will help them stay safe and stress-free.
You will have to step outside of the community to find any useable green space, but you don't have too far to go. The Seemore Memorial Dog Park is only two blocks to the north on Spruce Creek Road. Seemore is the only off-leash dog park in the city and offers three fenced-in areas. There is one for larger breeds, one for smaller breeds, and one that is for dogs with special needs. Each section has a watering station and benches in the shade for you to sit on while your dog is at play.
The beach is only ten to fifteen minutes to the east across the Halifax River. You can drive your car out onto the sand and find a place to park. Bring the whole family for a picnic or come out early in the morning before it starts getting hot and crowded to go for long walks along the surf with your playful pooch.