Boise is a highly walkable mixed-use neighborhood with commercial and residential areas located in Northeast Portland, Oregon. Mississippi Avenue contains an eclectic commercial area with many local businesses, unique shops, restaurants, bars, and cafes, acting as the hub of the community. With many destinations to walk to and temperate Portland weather, pedestrians can enjoy traveling on foot in this interesting neighborhood.
Dog walkers who take their dog out during winter months will need warm rain jackets as winters can be cooler and rainy. The temperature is usually above freezing, but occasional freezing temperatures and snow do occur, making conditions icy. Be very cautious when sidewalks are snow or ice covered. Summer weather is ideal with warm temperatures and little rain. Spring and fall usually provide fine walking weather and severe storms are uncommon in the Portland area. Extreme weather does not usually present a problem for people and pets in Boise.
Boise is located south of Skidmore Street, east of Interstate 5, north of Cook Street, and west of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. Most of the area is residential with beautiful older vintage homes in a variety of architectural styles that include Victorian, bungalows, Mid-century, and new builds. There is plenty of charm and character in the neighborhood and properties are heavily landscaped with shade trees, gardens, and lawns. Residential roads have sidewalks to provide separate safe pedestrian ways for dog walkers and their furry friends.
There is a commercial area on the southern section of Mississippi Avenue and along Williams Avenue where less landscaping is present, however, a community park is located centrally in the neighborhood and provides plenty of green space and recreation facilities. The area is fairly level with only slight inclines and people and pets of all ability levels can walk the neighborhood without having to overexert themselves.
Denorval Unthank City Park is located in the center of the neighborhood and is easily accessible on foot. This community park is 4.5 acres in size and has amenities such as a baseball diamond, basketball courts, a playground, picnic table, and an accessible restroom. Paved walking trails in this recreational greenway make good paths for walking with your dog.
A short trip to the west will take Boise residents to Overlook Park. This 10-acre greenway has restrooms and picnic tables, basketball courts, soccer fields, volleyball courts, and a playground. Lots of paved and unpaved trails in the park are available for strolls with your pup and there is an off-leash dog area as well.
A short distance to the east is Irvine Park with 16 acres and another off-leash dog park where your pup can play. Amenities like walking paths, restrooms, and picnic tables, as well as recreational facilities and sports fields are also present.