Harrisburg Manchester is a neighborhood on the southeast side of Houston, Texas. It is about a 20-minute commute from this community to downtown Houston. There is a convenience store located in the northeast section of the neighborhood and some local businesses located along La Porte Road on the southwest side of the community that can be reached on foot.
Residents of the region who walk their dogs daily do not have to bundle up in winter months as winters are mild, temperatures are usually well above freezing, and snow is extremely rare. Summer temperatures can be extremely hot with humid conditions. When walking with your dog in the summer, take precautions to ensure that heat-related illnesses do not occur. Take your dog out at cooler times of the day, stay hydrated, and try to find shady locations for outings. Thunderstorms are also common in warmer months and can create hazardous conditions for walking with your pet. Take shelter when these storms are imminent!
Harrisburg Manchester is bordered by Buffalo Bayou on the north side, La Port Freeway on the south side, Sims Bayou on the east, and Brays Bayou on the west. Waterways and the freeway impede pedestrian traffic out of the area. The north side along the bayou is industrialized and not a pedestrian-friendly location for walking with your dog.
There are train tracks running through the neighborhood and Interstate 610 does too, creating additional hazards for pedestrians and pets. When crossing the tracks and freeway, be sure to use designated pedestrian paths and crossings.
Homes in the area are single-family detached dwellings with mature landscaping. Some residential roads have sidewalks and some do not. Where sidewalks are not present, you will need to share the road with traffic. Walk facing oncoming vehicles with your dog leashed and be vigilant. The terrain is flat and there are no steep hills in the area to climb up or down.
Peiser Park is more centrally located and has open and treed areas with some play structures and sports fields. This park will provide more shade in summer and has a walking trail for strolling with your pet.
Hartman Park is located on the north side of the community and also has sports fields, facilities, a playground, and walking trails. This greenway has some trees providing relief from the sun and is a good option for dog walkers in the neighborhood.