Second Ward is a large well-known neighborhood situated in the center of Houston, Texas. It is a commuter neighborhood with many of its residents travelling into the city center for work during the week. The city is most commonly associated with NASA’s Training Station and Central Space Center, but did you know that there are some awesome dog walking spots here too? No wonder the first animal to go into orbit was none other than a four-legged friend!
The weather here is quite something, ranging from tropical cyclones in spring to the occasional thunderstorms during hurricane season. This means that the local area is prone to flooding, so grab your hat and rain boots!
Houston has some great animal themed and pet-friendly amenities as it is home to an aquarium as well as plenty of local parks and green spaces. Kriser’s Natural Pet Store is the citiy's up and coming pet shop with natural and holistic puppy foods.
Second Ward is incredibly flat and makes the ideal walking location for an easy stroll! It is a mixture of residential and industrial outlets and so finding the right spot is key to getting a pleasant scenic walk in. Try the modern street of North Ennis as houses down here are made from corrugated iron, creating an interesting industrial yet homely feel. If you fancied a more classic townhouse feel, Clayton Homes is the place to visit. Here among the houses is mixed in little patches of green grass, paths, and benches, creating the ideal residential pit stop to walk your pup.
The neighborhood of Second Ward is vast and rather artificial, although a great bonus for dog walkers is the sidewalks that line a majority of the street. This is great as it'll keep your pooch and yourself safe! A helpful tip is to keep your pup on a tight leash while crossing the road here.
Within Second Ward, there are four green spaces: Marron Park, Settegast Park, Eastwood Park, and Guadalupe Plaza Park. The largest is Marron Park which is located to the north of the neighborhood. Here is ideal if you want your pup to stretch their legs with soccer fields and baseball fields galore.
Settegast Park is an extremely family-friendly park with plenty of climbing frames and children’s play pits. Here is where the local community is centred which means there are plenty of great amenities. Doggy bins and even water is provided which means it a great location for a hot summer's day. Eastwood is the opposite side of the community but actually holds a very similar atmosphere with children’s playgrounds, fields, and even a community center.
Last but not least is Guadalupe Plaza Park. This modern, newly developed park is ideal for daily walks. The green space holds benches, doggy bins, and even covered walkways to provide some shade.