When strolling the neighborhood with your dog, Boston's climate can throw a lot of variable weather at you, so be prepared with the right outerwear. Although summers are mostly warm with some cool breezes off the ocean, occasional humid weather occurs which may require you to choose to walk at different times of the day. Rainy days are frequent in this coastal location and rain gear will be a must to stay dry. Winters are cold and snowy and you will want to bundle up to stay warm. Thunderstorms are also frequent occurrences in warmer months and can pose a hazard to pets. Take shelter when storms are imminent.
Residences in the area consist of multi-story townhouses, duplexes, and low rise apartment buildings as well as detached homes. Many houses in the area exhibit historic architecture and have unique and interesting features. Streets are narrow and heavily treed with closely set buildings and properties. This makes for shady streetscapes. Sidewalks are prevalent in the area so you and your dog don't have to share the road with traffic.
Highland Park is situated on elevated ground above the surrounding neighborhoods and there are some hills in the community, although inclines are not usually steep. A college, local school grounds, and many small parks in the area provide local green spaces.
Several community parks and recreation areas create attractive greenways within easy walking distance of Highland Park residents. The Southwest Corridor Park provides over 50 acres and stretches for 4.7 miles. This greenway has an excellent hiking trail for you and your hound to take a long trek. Highland Park has open lawns surrounded by trees and an observation tower. Walking paths are also present for strolls with your pet.
Roxbury Heritage State Park has interesting historic buildings and the Jeep Jones Park is heavily treed with sports facilities and a great paved walking path. The Marcella Playground has a ball diamond and sports facilities with a paved walking path along the border and some large shade trees.
Several other smaller community greenways and parks mean that you are never far from a greenway when strolling the area with your pet. Remember to keep your dog leashed and be prepared to clean up after your pet.