In the 1850s, Telegraph Hill was a reservoir providing water to all of South Boston. In the early 1900s, the reservoir was filled in and the South Boston high school was built. Thomas Park was also developed at the site in the late 1850s. This park is home to the Dorchester Heights Monument which is 115 feet tall and built of white marble. The area around the park and monument that is residential is considered a historic place.
Telegraph Hill borders the Old Harbor to the south, City Point to the east, and South Boston to the northwest. North of Telegraph Hill is an industrial area around the Reserve Channel. This neighborhood is primarily residential, but some businesses are along L Street and clustered in the fork between L Street and Emerson Street. Within Telegraph Hill, the BYOD Dog Wash can get your dog looking good, as can the Broadway Dog Spa.
Homes in Telegraph Hill are attractive old-fashioned homes that are generally two or three stories with peaked roofs and chimneys. Homes are spaced close together, usually with only room for an alley or driveway between them. There is no divider between sidewalk and road and front doors open out onto little stoops that face the sidewalk. For this reason, you will find yourself walking your dog on a relatively close leash along relatively flat terrain throughout most of Telegraph Hill.
For a long stretch of grass on which to walk your dog unbroken by intersecting traffic, you can head towards the coast. Here, a long stretch of sidewalk runs along the road and along the water. This is a great place to be on wheels with your dog, especially on hot Boston days when you will enjoy the cooling breezes coming off of the water. The beach itself is a wonderful place to visit as well.
One of the best places to go with your dog in Telegraph Hill is towards the coast which offers lovely green places along with natural shoreline. The Harbor Walk stretches along the beach so that you can enjoy the beach while keeping your feet on the sidewalk or you can enjoy walking on the sand or wading in the water with your pup. It is important to expose your puppy to water as they grow up so that they will not develop a fear of it as they get older.
On cold days, Thomas Park is a lovely place to enjoy with your pup at your side. Large grassy fields are divided by sprawling paths and lined by attractive well-maintained shrubbery and tall trees that provide shade from the sun. This is a great place to walk your dog on a loose leash or enjoy an on-leash game of catch or frisbee.