While Englewood history dates back to early settlers, the real nucleus of the city grew around a railway station built in 1859 for those traveling back and forth to NYC. As the railway stations grew, so did Englewood. Today, much of that historic grace still exists as it mingles with modern conveniences and businesses. As a town of culture and diversity, it is a great place to plan a walk whether or not you live in the downtown shopping district. Restaurants line the main roads through town and there is more than one place to grab a coffee or a quick drink.
Englewood can be cold and snowy in the winter and you might find a few days where it is simply not possible to walk. In the summer, it can get hot, but get up early and you will find it is plenty cool enough for a few laps around the block.
Mostly flat with a few gentle rolling hills is a good way to describe the terrain in downtown Englewood. If you are looking to get a bit of exercise for both you and Fido, you will find some hills heading out of the downtown district that will get you started. Vary your intensity to match your fitness level! But if getting a workout is not your agenda, a leisurely stroll through the downtown shopping district of Englewood is also entirely possible.
As you might expect in a downtown area, you will be walking on sidewalks. Surprisingly for such a small town, this area has very little in the way of greenery throughout its downtown district. Even trees are sporadic and there simply is no public grass or dirt to be seen. This makes it very important to be mindful of hot summer days. Temperatures that can rocket into the 90s can make sidewalks unsafe for tender paws.
The downtown district of Englewood is small and has nothing in the way of greenways within the neighborhood, but fortunately, the closest park is only about five blocks away.
MacKay Park runs along Overpeck Creek and has plenty of green grass and trees to make up for the lack of greenery in downtown. It is a nice place to take Fido for a walk, especially if it is hot and you need something easier on the feet than pavement. If you hop in the car, there are even more parks available including Argonne Park which is comprised of mostly forest with some grass.
To the southwest is a large area around Overpeck Creek that is loaded with trails and lots of green space. It is more than just a place to visit as there is also a dog park here so you can choose to walk the grass or trails or you can set Fido free to burn some energy!