Parkrose Heights is a neighborhood of northeast Portland, Oregon. Residents of the area have a 15-minute commute to the downtown central business district. There is a shopping area on the southwest side with local shops, restaurants, and services and there are businesses lining the commercial corridor of Halsey Street along the southern border. Dog owners can reach a local veterinarian in this region on foot when required.
Portland has relatively mild weather throughout the year, although it can be unstable with wet weather being prevalent in the fall, winter, and spring. During winter months, nighttime lows can dip below freezing, but usually rise back up in the day and what little snow does fall usually melts off fairly quickly. When precipitation is accompanied by sub-freezing temperatures, walkways can be icy and you may want to postpone your outings with your dog until surfaces thaw. Rain gear will be a necessity during much of the year when rainy, overcast conditions occur.
Residential sections of the neighborhood have moderately sized homes on private properties with lots of landscaping and lush greenery. The residential streets generally do not have separate sidewalks for pedestrians and pets. In many places, you can walk on grassy berms, but they are not well defined.
The topography is fairly level and you and your dog will not have to hike up steep inclines in the region.
Parkrose Heights is home to Knott Street Park which is centrally located and easy to walk to for area canines and their owners. This 12-acre park has paved and unpaved walking trails, restrooms, and recreational fields and facilities.
If you want a more adventurous hike, the Gateway Green and Rocky Butte Park are located across the freeway. Although they cannot be accessed on foot, they provide hiking trails with steep elevation gains and amazing views of the surrounding areas.
There are three designated dog parks within a 10-minute drive of Parkrose Heights where your dog can play and socialize with other pups. The Sacajawea Dog Park is located to the north, the Cherry Dog Park is a short trip to the south, and the Hollywood Dog Park is located west of Parkrose Heights. This is a large dog park with enclosed separate areas for large, medium, and small dogs. Remember to bring your water and waste disposal supplies for all dog parks in this neighborhood.