Surprisingly, the downtown area of Oklahoma City is undergoing a renaissance with new condominiums and apartments continually under construction. The area is ideal for the young, the old, and families alike. The Metro area is filled with thriving businesses, fantastic parks, river sports to enjoy on the Oklahoma River, and plenty of bars, restaurants, and boutique shops. Along with all of this, there are sidewalks for you and your pup to walk on and plenty of parks where you and your pup are welcome to enjoy the grass and trails.
The climate here offers four seasons with winter lows in the twenties and summer highs in the mid-nineties. With 231 days of sunshine and 36 inches of rain, walking your pooch should not be much of a problem on any given day. However, during the summer months, you may want to take your walks during the early morning or later in the evening to evade the heat of summer days.
Like many major cities, the downtown area of Oklahoma City is mostly concrete and flat, but thanks to some smart planning, there are parks where you and your pup can go to relax and stretch your legs. Keep in mind that summers here hit the mid-nineties and can stay there for long periods of time. Be sure to plan your walks for times when the pavement is not hot enough to burn your pup's paws such as early morning.
Just because the terrain here is flat, this doesn't mean you and your dog can't still get in some lovely, long, healthy walks. Being downtown does mean walking on paved surfaces, but as long as you give the pads on your pup's paws plenty of time to toughen up. This means starting out with short walks and working your way up to longer ones until you reach your goal of being able to take longer hikes.
While the majority of the area is indeed like most cities in that it is mostly paved, there are several parks within driving and/or walking distance for the two of you to play in. The Myriad Botanical Gardens offers trails for you and your dog to walk on and, best of all, an off-leash dog park where your dog can run around with their friends while you relax in the shade. Of course, this is also a great place to go without your pup as the 13,000 sq. ft. Crystal Bridge Conservatory is home to thousands of different tropical and desert plants.
Then there is the Bricktown Riverwalk Park where you and your pup can enjoy long walks along the Bricktown Canal and spend time in the vast greenways playing and burning off those extra pounds, all while having fun in the sun, strolling along the various trails running throughout the park.