Rockdale is a community of medium to large homes, high-rise apartments, and apartment complexes. This is a high-demand community in which homes do not remain empty for very long. The majority of those who live here are well-educated executives with above-average incomes. It's a great neighborhood to raise a family and is very dog-friendly! There is a dog park and a nature preserve within a short driving distance on the other side of US 1 that are worth checking out. There are multiple restaurants close by along with an animal clinic and a pet store within Rockdale.
With 248 days of sun and only 77 days in which you might see a measurable amount of rain, a winter low of 60 in January, and a summer high of 90 in July, this area is the perfect place to raise a family and go out for long walks with your dog!
The terrain here is mostly residential blocks with small pockets of commercial and retail spaces. Most of the streets are older and narrow without sidewalks. The ground itself is level with little in the way of challenge. But with such large residential areas, you and your pup can always find new directions to try, new blocks to walk around, and new sections of the community to visit.
The hardest part of walking in an area such as Rockdale is the temperature of the pavement during the hottest months of the year. If the sun is shining, the temperature of the roadway you are asking your pup to walk on can be between 135 and 145°F. Imagine how much damage that pavement this hot can do to do the pads on the bottom of their paws. Try to plan your daily strolls during the early morning hours when the pavement is still cool enough to walk on.
Beyond a few vacant lots, Rockdale itself has very little in the way of open green space. But if you venture to the other side of US 1, the first thing you come across is the Rockdale Pineland Preserve. This preserve covers 39 acres and is one of the few remaining areas of Pine Rockland. The only place these pinelands occur is in South Florida and parts of the Bahamas. However, this beautiful green space is not open to the public.
Two blocks away is the Rockland Dog Park, one of the largest dog parks in the county. This is not the typical dog park within a human park. The entire park is dedicated to dogs and their owners! There is plenty of grass to run around on, a pond with ducks, wash stations, waste bags, and separate receptacles for filled bags. This park is an excellent place to spend with your pup on any given day.