Arrand Heights is a small unmarked community located in the Old Seminole Heights area of Tampa. Although the area is hidden behind a big box store and Erwin Technical College, it is made up of mostly single-family homes. One of the fabulous things about this neighborhood is that most of the streets have wide sidewalks separated from the roads by grass berms that your pup can walk on instead of the cement. Both dog-friendly parks and pet stores can be found in the area, but most you will need to drive to. The nearest park, Giddens Park, is on the other side of US 41. It is very dog-friendly with plenty of room for your dog to run, a doggie water fountain, and a generous supply of 'poop bags.' It's a beautiful little park you and your pooch can enjoy almost any day of the year thanks to the mild climate the entire Tampa area enjoys.
The terrain here is mostly artificial, although the homes here do have moderate-sized yards with lots of shade trees. But once you leave your home, the vast majority of the area is much like any other big city in that there are miles of roads and, in this case, sidewalks for you and your pup to use. The area is relatively flat which can be the perfect fit for anyone whose dog has packed on a few extra pounds and is moving a little sluggishly or is elderly and has health issues. However, if you need room to stretch out, then perhaps you and your family need to pack a picnic and head up to the lower Hillsborough Wilderness Preserve where there are miles of trails to hike and explore. Maybe halfway to the wilderness area on Rowlett Dr., you will find the Rowlett Dog Park which is just a little hilly and perfect for more exercise.
Within the boundaries of Arrand Heights, the only green spaces are those found in the resident's yards. Fortunately, Giddens Park is within walking distance. However, this neat little park is relatively small. A much better choice would be the Rowlett Dog Park where you can let your pup run around off-leash to their heart's content. He can meet up with old friends, make new ones, and generally have a great time without anyone having to worry about his whereabouts.
Then there is the Hillsborough Wilderness Preserve that covers miles of land in the Tampa area before joining the Hillsborough State Park on the east side. In the park are miles of trails to go hiking on with your pup and it's a beautiful preserve to take the entire family for some back-to-nature fun. Just be aware of any local wildlife which may require keeping your pup on a leash to prevent disturbances.