Two miles west of the central business district of Atlanta is a community called Washington Park. This neighborhood encompasses a largely residential zone as well as three small and humble green spaces. The community is home to an array of historical development plans and is an homage to black history.
There are plenty of puppy-friendly amenities located in and around Washington Park. Perhaps the community’s favorite facility is Petting Zoo, a pet shop on the border of downtown Atlanta. This pet store offers everything from puppy advice to treats and stylish dog collars.
Washington Park’s climate is pleasant all year round, hitting as high as 90F in summer and is perfect for a doggy walk anytime! From the hot summer months to the mild winters, the only preparation you will need to make is where to stop off to catch your breath and where to get a refreshing drink of water.
Due to the neighborhood’s close proximity to central Atlanta, the community lacks a rural appeal, but that doesn’t mean a lack of beauty! The majority of Washington Park is residential with red brick bungalows and wooden houses sitting just back off the street. In front of the homes are pretty yards filled with potted flowers and neatly planted bushes. This means the neighborhood, although rather suburban, holds a natural essence.
Washington Park is known to be fairly hilly in some places, so you won't be short of a good work out! To try and avoid the steep hills, head down roads that lead northwest as these tend to be fairly flat and provide you with some light relief. To add to this, most roads are covered by trees and finding shade from the sun won't be much trouble. This adds to the pleasant puppy walking experience. No wonder the dog owner community here is so large!
There are three main green spaces in Washington Park. The first is Ashby Circle Playlot. This is a great walking zone if you want it to be family-friendly too. The park hosts everything from children’s play areas to benches and open fields. Although the park is small, it is ideal for those daily walks.
Another two green spaces which are next door neighbors are Washington Park Natatorium and the Washington Park Tennis Center. These two outdoor walking zones mainly comprise of open fields; 25 acres in fact! These areas can get busy in summers when the local community set up barbecues and outdoor parties.
If you are looking for a more substantial walk, Westside Reservoir Park is just a five-minute drive away. Here, you can hike for hours through the woodland trails and hiking paths that bring you to the turquoise reservoir in the middle. This makes it the ideal location for weekend walking!