The Lummus Park historic district was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2006. The community came into being in 1909, right around the time the park itself was opened. Many of the buildings were constructed before 1929. Most of the apartment buildings and homes were designed to be built quickly, providing affordable housing for those who chose to live here. The streets have sidewalks for you and your pup to go for walks on and there is plenty of grass to walk on with berms between the sidewalks and the streets. There are several pet supply stores within a short driving distance and a large park right in the community.
The weather here ranges from hot and humid in the summers with temps in the mid-80s to mid-90s and the occasional rain shower to winters that are warm and wet with temperatures in the 60s and 70s.
The terrain here is a bit unusual in that there is far more green space than there is paved surface. Housing is limited to a limited number of houses, apartments, and condos, but each complex has a significant area of grass around it. The ground here is flat which, while not very exciting, is balanced out with the park right next door. It can be a little noisy here as the neighborhood butts up against I-95 on the east side. You can go for strolls in the park or along the trail on the other side of North River Dr.
For those new to Florida and the Miami area, you should know that once spring arrives and the temperatures go over 75°F, the pavement can be hot enough to burn the pads on your dog's paws. Keep this in mind when going out for your daily walks and consider sticking to the morning hours to avoid the heat.
The biggest greenway in this neighborhood is the historic Lummus Park itself. The park came first, followed by the community, and is thought to be one of the oldest in the city, having opened in the early 1900s. Inside the park are acres of grass for you and your pup to play on, trails to walk on, and lots of shade trees. You can visit the carefully preserved Fort Dallas and the Wagner House, which is the oldest house still standing in Miami.
The park has a giant sandpit for beach volleyball, basketball courts, a playground, and a long strip of grass with a trail running along the bank of the Miami River. It's a great place to relax in the shade and do a little people watching or spend some one-on-one time playing with an enthusiastic pooch out in the fresh air and sunshine.