South Tacoma is a community that is proud of its diverse cultural heritage and takes advantage of every opportunity to show it. A walk down the street might yield residential areas full of both single-family homes and apartments, but you are just as likely to come across an assortment of public art, a number of ethnic restaurants, or even a wide range of stores. Parks are readily available and Fido will most certainly enjoy the convenient dog park where he can run to his heart's content. The dog-friendly community is also home to plenty of veterinarians, grooming shops, and its share of pet stores.
Weather in Tacoma can be wet and stormy but doesn't typically have extremes. It can snow and heat waves do happen, but they rarely last long. Heavy rain and wind can be a problem as well, but you will almost always find time to dash between storm systems to get in a much-needed walk.
Hills cover parts of South Tacoma but there are also some flat spots in the center of the neighborhood. For those who really want the hills to get a better workout, the west side of South Tacoma Way will be your best option. For those looking for easier walks, the area to the east has some flat neighborhoods that might be perfect for an afternoon stroll. Many of the neighborhoods in this area have sidewalks and shoulders have grass so your pup does not have to walk on hot pavement and has a place they can explore as the two of you walk. Other places have no sidewalks but instead, you will find wide shoulders of grass, dirt, or gravel for walking. When walking on the sides of the road, keep in mind that reflective materials is always a good idea for the safety of both you and your dog.
The majority of official greenways in South Tacoma consist of private spaces such as golf courses and graveyards. There are walking paths at the South End Recreation area that you could use for walking your dog and Wapato Hills Park at the east side of the community has walking trails, trees, and grass that make a great off-road place to walk.
To the north is Snake Lake Park with wooded areas to explore and a small lake that runs through the park. On the eastern boundary of South Tacoma is the best destination point, Wapato Park, which has an off-leash dog park, a lake, and trails to walk. The dog park is quite large and has separate areas for large and small dogs.
If you really want to treat your dog, there are several beaches a short distance away that make a nice change of pace. Sunnyside Beach Park is one of these beaches.