Carroll Park is a neighborhood consisting of single-family and row houses. Some might say the area suffers from high crime rates but, in the past few years, the community has made great strides to clean up its image. There are several restaurants in the area, but you will have to drive to find them and the same applies to pet stores. There are a few parks in the community including the area's namesake park. All of the streets are lined with wide sidewalks with plenty of room for you to get out and exercise on.
The hardest part of living in Carroll Valley has to be the winters. You can expect several seemingly endless weeks where the mercury never goes above freezing with intermittent bouts of rain, sleet, ice, and snow. You can expect quite a few days when the idea of going out for a long walk seems ludicrous, but yet, you must still prevail.
The terrain here in Carroll Park is little more than a maze of roads and sidewalks for the two of you to navigate. If you are new to the area, this can be tough to get used to, especially as row housing starts to all look the same. You don't even have changes in terrain to help you. Your best bet is to start out going around the same block until you are comfortable and then add in another and another until you can start creating your own routes to help make the walks less boring.
Speaking of weather, summers here tend to be in the high 80s and low 90s with lots of sunshine. Since you will be spending your time walking on paved surfaces, you should know the temperature of the pavement can reach 135°F or more, which can be uncomfortable for puppy paws. Taking your walks in the morning will help prevent this.
Carroll Park has very little in the way of green spaces, but there are two parks. The first is the namesake park which covers one block and offers paths for biking, cycling, and taking your pup out for a walk around along with plenty of grass to play on. The other is a much smaller park with a baseball diamond and plenty of outfield grass for the two of you to run around on.
However, at the far west end of the community sits Morris Park. The park covers 147 acres and has recently undergone significant renovation efforts. There are trails running throughout the park, shade trees to relax under, and the Eastern Branch Indian Creek running through it. This is a wonderful place for you to bring your entire family, including your energetic pooch for a fun family picnic and day out in the great outdoors.