For those who are searching for their oasis of calm in the midst of a hectic city, Belmont Gardens may be just the place. The area has a reputation for being a kid-friendly and fun. Although the town was once a hotbed of gang activities, significant efforts made by the residents of Belmont Gardens has helped to reduce the presence of gangs in the neighborhood significantly. Now that the community is in the midst of being revitalized, there has been an influx of new younger residents who bring with them an entirely new culture of art and creativity. The community offers a nice blend of single-family and multi-family homes and condominiums, along with a small amount of industry. Walking through the business areas will bring you a selection of restaurants ranging from burger joints to those serving gastronomical delights. For your pup, there are pet shops and dog-friendly parks for the two of you to enjoy as well.
Most of us have heard that the Midwest is flat and nowhere is that more obvious than when you look down any of the streets in Belmont Gardens or virtually anywhere in the Greater Chicago area. Although you might think this could make your walks with your pup a little on the boring side, it is up to you to make them interesting for both of you. Try varying up your walks, go in different directions on each day, and check out the different parks and green spaces. The more places you go with your pup, the more he will come to look forward to your walks together. The good news is that most of the streets have sidewalks lined with plenty of shady trees for the two of you to enjoy relaxing under in the middle of summer. They also make it a little easier to go for a walk when the rains come down.
Virtually every street in the community is lined with grassy strips and shady trees that make going for a walk with your pup enjoyable. But you can only do so much with a strip of grass that might measure only four feet wide. Thankfully, Belmont Gardens has several parks of varying sizes for you and your pup to play and go walking in. One of the larger parks is Kelvyn Park which sits on 8.5 acres filled with outdoor paths, a gym, and a fieldhouse. The outdoor trails here offer a great place to walk away from the crowded city.
The other major park is the Ken-Well Park which is home to the community garden, a couple of baseball diamonds, and plenty of paths for the two of you to enjoy. Keep in mind that this park sits right next to the railroad tracks and it might take your pup a little while to adjust to the noise.