The community of Oak Park surrounds the 18-acre park of the same name. This is a good neighborhood to raise a family, complete with your family dog. It's also a nice place to retire with a wide selection of single-family homes to choose from. The streets are lined with sidewalks that have wide grassy berms for you and Howie to walk along, safe from traffic. The nearest park is in the middle of the community and offers numerous baseball fields, tennis courts, a playground, and more. There is one shopping center in the southeast corner and pet supply stores within driving distance. Thanks to plenty of tall trees lining the streets and filling the backyards, the community has a nice suburban feel to it.
Summers here hover in the low 80s and winters stay below freezing for weeks at a time, so be sure you have your winter gear ready before the first snows arrive.
The terrain here is quite suburban in nature with mostly level ground, plenty of sidewalks to hike along, and an 18-acre park in the middle. With so much flat terrain, you might think it would be hard to get in enough valuable exercise with Howie. It is true that walking on level ground does not exactly strain your pup's muscles, yet there is more to walking than conquering challenging trails.
Instead of looking at flat terrain and deciding it won't do for your daily walks, look at it as "challenge accepted." Make the most of the terrain you have by going for distance! It's really not that hard, all you have to do is start out with a small number of blocks and as the two of you get used to your walks, start adding in a block or two at a time until you can walk around most of the neighborhood without feeling worn out.
With Oak Park, finding a green space for you and Howie to play in is just a matter of going to the middle of the community to the neighborhood's namesake. The park covers 18 acres and, beyond having numerous athletic fields, offers a paved walking trail for you and Howie to stroll around on. The park also offers a playground and splash pool for the kids to enjoy all summer long.
If you want a place for Howie to be able to play off-leash, Norwood Park on N. Natoma Dr is the place to go. This fenced-in dog park offers room to play, fresh water bowls, and plenty of bags to clean up any messes your pup may leave behind. The only problem with this park is that the entire park is open to all breeds, both large and small, so you do have to keep an eye on smaller pups.