Located at the corner of Lemon Street and Dunlawton Avenue, West Park is a small "Texas-shaped" community whose largest inhabitant is a bank. However, there is a large apartment complex next door and a residential area to the west. Living here puts you within blocks of the Port Orange Elementary School and the post office. This area is a heavily built-up commercial area and you should anticipate both heavy traffic and the noise that it brings.
Living here also puts you on the main east-west road through town that leads to the ocean if you go east and through the central shopping district and all the way out to the I-95 interchange. Along this road, you will find grocery stores, department stores, pet supply centers, and many other shopping venues in strip malls and shopping centers. If you like to dine out, there are numerous restaurants along Dunlawton Avenue for you and your family to choose from.
Being a mostly commercial area and on one of the main roads through town, you should expect the traffic to stay bustling from early in the morning until very late at night. Walking your dog along the side of Dunlawton Avenue is only for those whose dogs have become accustomed to the noise and stench that comes with such a congestion of cars. Even though the terrain is flat and easy to navigate, you may opt for a more residential area to roam.
You can take your walks within the apartment complex next door or along Herbert Street. Be sure you keep your eye out for traffic here as well, as Herbert Street can also be relatively busy, but luckily, it sees far less traffic than Dunlawton. There is also a large lake within the apartment community you and your pup can use to take your daily walks.
There is the lake at the Sugar Mill Apartments and plenty of grass here to walk around on, but if you want more than this, you should plan to go for a drive with your dog. Most pups love going for rides in the car with the window open!
To the east and at the end of Dunlawton Avenue is the beach. The coastal sand provides a great opportunity for dogs of all fitness levels to get out and about, going for as long as they're willing to. You can jog for a few miles, or just take a swim out in the tide. The beaches, however, have a tendency to get fairly crowded, especially in the middle of the day during the summer months. Plan your outings accordingly and remember to clean up after your pup to keep the space clean and safe for other beachgoers!