Situated just north of NYC, this affluent city has seen many of the comings and goings of the United States. Today, downtown White Plains is still a center of international business. Its deep history is still evident in some of the buildings throughout downtown which thrive alongside more modern buildings. With such an atmosphere, you would expect a walk around town to include a busy, yet hip atmosphere that urbanites and their pups are attracted to. You will be pleased to know you are in good company, as there must be many dog lovers in White Plains given the number of pet stores, groomers, and veterinarians there are in the area. Coffee shops and restaurants are even more accessible, so dog walkers and their charges are well taken care of along the streets of White Plains.
Snow is common in the winter, but don't worry because at least two-thirds of all your potential walking days are dry each month!
The elevations in Downtown White Plains are very mixed as you can find both flat ground and hills, so with careful planning, you can make your walks either a leisurely stroll or a real work out. Some of the hills are really minor, so these are great for dogs and their owners who have not walked a lot and need to build up to a more serious exercise routine. There are sidewalks in the downtown areas, so walking is safe, but there are only sporadic areas where grass or dirt are available.
As you get out to the outskirts of the neighborhood, there are no sidewalks and you must use caution because shoulders are not very big either. Reflective clothing is always a good idea to ensure that drivers can see you easily and reflective vests for dogs are available to save the life of a pup that might get startled and dart out into traffic.
Downtown White Plains has a very urban feel to it, but it is not without a few greenways. Gillie Park to the south is an 11-acre park that has a large open green space. Grab a long leash for your dog and it is almost as good as running free!
Gardella Park to the north also has some wide open green spaces and lots of trees which, of course, means plenty of shade for hot days. Finally, there is a large greenway that runs between Broadway and Westchester Ave. The area has benches, trees, and some paths for those who would rather not walk through the grass. It can get hot in the summer months, and when it does, it is best to keep your pups feet off the hot pavement which is hot enough to burn their paws! Heading to a greenway is one way to tackle this problem.