Beautiful residential streets are well suited to dog walking and Portland's climate is cooperative as long as you don't mind a bit of rain! Summers are fairly dry and not too hot, making this season ideal for excursions with your pet. Spring, fall, and winter see more rainfall. Winters are cool, but not overly cold. Having warm outerwear to keep out the chill, especially during crisp mornings and cooler evenings, is a good idea if you frequently walk in Portland. Snow is uncommon, rain is more the norm, and daytime temperatures usually rise above the freezing mark, so the snow that does fall does not stick around long. Severe storms are also uncommon and Portland residents rarely have to contend with dangerous weather conditions.
Laurelhurst is bordered by Interstate 84 on the north side, NE 44th Avenue on the east, NE 32 Avenue on the west, and SE Stark Street on the south. The entrances to the community are marked by stone markers and Coe Circle is in the center with a war memorial featuring a statue of Joan of Arc. Two main roads intersecting at the circle divide the neighborhood into four quadrants.
Houses in the area were developed around the beginning of the 20th century and feature vintage architecture with many Tudor and Bungalow style homes. Residential properties are thickly landscaped with large dense trees, shrubs, and well-maintained gardens. This area is very heavily vegetated which provides shade and shelter on daily walks. The district has sidewalks providing separate walking paths for pedestrians and is mostly flat with only some gentle inclines. This is a quiet, beautiful neighborhood with mostly local traffic which is amenable to walking your furry friend.
Laurelhurst Park is situated on the south side of the neighborhood. This 26-acre park was once named the most beautiful park on the west coast and has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Recreational activities in the park include basketball, soccer, tennis, volleyball, and other amenities like a horseshoe pit, picnic sites, public art, restrooms, and an outdoor stage make the park a desirable location for a walk with your pup. Events are frequently held here and there are lots of paved and unpaved paths to stroll with your pet. The park has an off-leash area where your pup can play, but make sure your pet is well socialized!
Mt. Tabor Park is a short drive southeast with 196 acres of natural space and miles of hiking paths for pups to peruse! Keep your dog leashed on the paths as there is steep terrain, wildlife, and plenty of natural beauty in this park with spectacular views.