Dog walkers in the neighborhood can enjoy the warm weather in New Orleans. Winters are mild and sub-freezing temperatures are extremely rare. Summers are hot and humid and rain is not uncommon. Make sure you have rain gear for wet days and, on hot summer days, you may want to avoid the hottest parts of the afternoon when planning your outings with your playful pooch.
The terrain in the Desire Area is flat with no steep hills to climb and is zero feet above sea level. Due to its low elevation and proximity to the canal, this area is subject to flooding in heavy rain when hurricanes and tropical storms from the gulf arrive in the region.
Residents of the Desire Area can visit the Edith Sampson Playground with their dogs which is centrally located in the community and provides an open sports field and a play structure with paved paths adjacent to it. For a larger greenway and dog-friendly area, visit the City Park which is just 15 minutes west of the Desire Area by vehicle. This popular park is 1,300 acres in size and features the largest group of mature oak trees in the world. The park has lots of fantastic hiking and walking trails throughout.
There is an off-leash dog park for pet owners to visit. The park has separate off-leash areas for small and large dogs on 4.6 acres. There are water fountains, waste disposal supplies, restrooms, and doggie pools, as well as seating for dog owners. After you work up an appetite, head across the street to visit Ralph's on the Park, a dog-friendly restaurant that allows pups in their outdoor seating area.