The neighborhood is very walkable and Portland weather is cooperative for pedestrian travel. Dog walkers will need to invest in some rain gear to stay dry as Portland has lots of rain in the fall, winter, and spring, with less rainfall in the summer. Winter temperatures are cool, especially early in the morning or later in the evening. Summers are warm, sunny, and enjoyable for outings with your pup with few severe storms to hamper your outings.
The Grotto, a unique Catholic nature sanctuary is situated in the north section, providing more natural green space in the community. Residential properties are heavily landscaped with lots of trees, lawns, and gardens. Streets are lined with sidewalks and grassy berms which are ideal for walking your dog as they provide separate pedestrian paths and soft footing.
Rocky Butte Park and the associated section of Joseph Wood Hill Park are situated on the east side of the Madison South neighborhood. This park is popular with hikers and rock climbers. Many of the trails have been naturally created by wildlife and are not maintained. They can be dangerous with steep inclines and drops, so use caution. The Joseph Wood Hill Park features red crushed stone paths and a monument. Dogs are allowed off-leash on Rocky Butte trails but not in the Joseph Wood Hill section of the park.
To the west, there is a large 15-acre park and recreation area. Glenhaven Park provides sports fields and facilities, paved walking paths, a playground, and accessible play areas. If you or your pup have mobility issues, this greenway may make a better walking destination.
For residents in the southern section, there is a small natural park nearby. Hancock Park is 4 acres and has large trees, picnic tables, and a playground.