Parker Lane is a suburban neighborhood located in Southeast Austin, Texas. The neighborhood is located to the east of St. Edward's University and is a popular residential location for students. There are some large federal institutions on the southwest corner of the district that provide employment in the area. Hotels, restaurants, and other services are located along I-35 on the neighborhood's west side.
You and your dog can enjoy walking in Parker Lane with no frigid temperatures to contend with throughout the year. Winters are mild and temperatures are well above freezing most of the time with only rare snow, freezing rain, or cold snaps. When cold and precipitation occur together, walkways can be icy, so be careful, wait until icy surfaces thaw, or wear footwear with good traction. Austin summers are hot and dry with high temperatures and walking during the height of the day should be avoided to prevent overheating.
The residential areas are more pleasant for a stroll with your pup. Residential condominiums and apartment complexes are common in the area and there are some single-family homes with well-landscaped properties situated in Parker Lane. Some residential areas do not have sideways which means you and your dog will have to share residential streets with local traffic. Walk facing oncoming traffic and be vigilant for vehicles.
A large park and greenbelt provide natural terrain and wooded areas that make safer walking spots for dog walkers and their pets. There are some gentle inclines in the neighborhood, but they are not steep and do not hamper pedestrian travel.
Mabel Davis District Park is located within the Parker Lane neighborhood and provides 50 acres of natural and recreational areas for pet owners to visit with their dogs. The Mabel Davis District Park Trail runs through the wooded areas. Keep your dog leashed on the trail and be prepared to clean up after your pup. Facilities in the park include a swimming pool, skate park, restrooms, basketball courts, a playground, picnic, and barbecue areas.
To the north, pet owners will find the Norwood Estate Dog Park. This off-leash dog park has a double gated, fenced off-leash area and separate enclosed areas for small dogs with a main off-leash area for pups of all shapes and sizes.
To the west, the Country Club Creek Greenbelt is within walking distance for many Park Lane residents and can be accessed at the S Pleasant Valley Road trailhead. The greenway is heavily wooded and ideal for providing shade on hot summer days.