Mann is a neighborhood on the northern side of Iowa City, Iowa. Besides having many different parks, restaurants, and small businesses, the neighborhood is full of beautiful homes that are bordered by the Iowa River on the western side. The community still retains a somewhat urban feeling because of its proximity to the city, but it still has plenty of green space and distance between each lot.
Iowa City experiences the typical weather of the American Midwest, except for its location in the northern part of the country which makes its summers easier to bear but its winters a little more severe. The temperatures average lows in the teens during winter and in the summers, the highs usually only go up to the mid-80s. If you decide to walk your dog on one of the colder days of the year, make sure you take the proper precautions to keep both of you warm.
The terrain in Mann is mild with a few more hills than other areas of Iowa City which is surprising to many, considering the common perception that Iowa is a flat place. The roads near the southern and central parts of the neighborhood are all relatively flat, but as you advance into the northern areas, you will find that some inclines and hills begin to crop up. However, none of these should present too much of a challenge for you or your dog.
Mann is close to the heart of Iowa City so it will have more foot and street traffic than most neighborhoods on the outskirts of town. Roads like Dodge Street, Dubuque Street, and Market Street are some of the most heavily-traversed parts of town, so it might be best to stick to the more residential areas of the neighborhood if you are looking for a quiet walk with your dog.
There are tons of parks and greenways to choose from within the borders of Mann. The largest and most notable park in the area is Hickory Hill Park which has a large portion that is in the eastern corner of Mann. The park is huge, spanning 185 acres, and it has everything the local community needs with picnic shelters, walking and running trails, restrooms, open fields, and its very own nature study for you to enjoy.
For a smaller option that is still in the neighborhood, you and your dog can explore Reno Street Park, a 1.3-acre green space that is just a few blocks southwest of Hickory Hill Park. It has a playground, some small open green areas, a community garden, and picnic shelters and tables. There are even more parks within the neighborhood and some just outside of its borders that are worth exploring as well.