Washington Park is a large neighborhood comprised of a some smaller communities that is located in Boston, Massachusetts. The district is about a 30-minute commute south of Boston’s downtown central business district. There is a shopping area with fast food and convenience stores on the community's east side and there is a walkable commercial area located in the community just north of Washington Park.
When walking with your canine companion in Boston neighborhoods, you should be aware of variable weather conditions and be prepared for some severe weather throughout the year. Summers are warm and can be accompanied by severe thunderstorms and you may need to postpone your walk until the weather clears. Winters are cold with snow and a suitable winter coat will enable you to stay warm. Blizzards with heavy snowfall and wind chills occur occasionally. You may want to find indoor activities to give your pup extra exercise when you need to stay indoors during extreme winter weather.
Washington Park is a large district with the smaller areas of Roxbury and sections of Dudley Square contained within it. This is an irregularly shaped neighborhood that is mostly residential with some commercial activity and plenty of schools and parks. Most of the dwellings here are detached single family homes with historic architecture and well landscaped properties. There are also some areas with newer townhouse complexes in the region.
There are plenty of quiet residential streets to enjoy a stroll with your pup and some busier arteries with more traffic and businesses. The terrain in the area features some hills and you may need to trek up and down some inclines while traveling on foot in the area. Hills have gradual grades and are not generally very steep.
This neighborhood has sidewalks along streets that provide safe walkways. Mature shade trees create shade and shelter while offering beautiful greenery and shelter from weather conditions.
Washington Park has plenty of local greenways. The Malcolm X Park occupies 20 acres and has sports fields and facilities, a playground, and lots of heavily treed areas with paved walkways. Horatio Harris Park is a very beautifully landscaped park with trails, trees, and lawns, making it an attractive greenway for walks with your dog. The Crawford Street Playground has recreational facilities, trees, and walking paths to visit.
Just south of Washington Park and within walking distance is Franklin Park. This huge greenway covers 527 acres and has plenty of greenway to explore with your furry friend with fifteen miles of multi-use trail that thread throughout this magnificent area. There is an open-air performance venue, recreational facilities, and a zoo located in this park to enjoy. Dogs are not permitted in the zoo area but can enjoy other sections of the park on a leash.