Wilson-Ray is a small neighborhood of single-family homes sandwiched between Blake Avenue and Donley Street, next door to the Emma Jewel Charter Academy. The houses sit on large lots with plenty of room to raise a family. The neighborhood includes Thomas Lane and Bernard Street, the latter of which has a sidewalk available. Most of the yards have plenty of shade trees to help keep things a little cooler during the warmest months of the year.
For your shopping pleasure, two minutes away is West King Street where there are several stores and businesses. When you need groceries, there are a couple of small local grocery stores you can walk to in ten minutes or less. Need a bigger store? There is a Publix supermarket an eight-minute drive south on US-1, a Sav-a-Lot in the shopping center at the corner of Pineda and Dixon, or a Walmart Supercenter ten minutes north on Clearlake Road.
Being close to the Emma Jewel Charter Academy means dealing with a fair amount of traffic during the school year. As a residential area, you should also expect heavy traffic nearby during the morning and evening rush hours. Keep in mind that West King Street is two blocks to the north, which is a bustling main thoroughfare filled with a wide variety of businesses.
Walking with your dog in and around Wilson-Ray means dealing with very few sidewalks in general. However, Blake Avenue offers one that runs most of its length. Given the amount of rush hour traffic, sticking to the sidewalk during these times makes good sense.
The best time of day for you
and your dog to go for long walks is in the early morning hours while most of
the world is still asleep. Not only is this safer, but the ambient
temperature will be much cooler and more enjoyable.
To the west of the neighborhood is a large grass field where you and your dog can run around and get in a little exercise. You should keep your dog on a leash here for additional safety and clean up any messes they make. There are a couple of large vacant lots along Barbara Jenkins Street you can also use to walk and play.
On the west side of South Fiske Boulevard is Provost Park. This park offers a softball field and plenty of open space for the two of you to run around on. Since this is a city park, your dog must be on a leash.
If you take South Fiske to the south to Pluckebaum Road, your journey will take you to the Barks and Recreation Dog Park. The dog park sits on a vast area of grass and woods with a large lake in the middle for you and your pup to enjoy.