The Garrison Park neighborhood is located on the southside of Austin, Texas. Garrison Park is a residential neighborhood with access to commercial areas on the main thoroughfares. There are fast food eateries and restaurants, shops, and services within walking distance for most residents and schools and parks that also make ideal walking destinations.
Fall and spring are warm and provide ideal temperatures for long walks with your dog in this beautiful region, although there is some rain during these transitions. Winters are mild with temperatures well above freezing and no need to worry about layering up. Summers are very hot and temperatures are usually well above 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Evenings are cooler and many pet owners opt to walk their pets at this time to avoid daytime heat. Severe thunderstorms are a possibility, especially in late spring and summer. Check local forecasts and avoid severe weather with high winds and heavy rain that can be dangerous.
Train tracks bisect the neighborhood from north to south and should only be crossed at designated pedestrian crossing points. The terrain is flat and there are no strenuous hills to navigate. The neighborhood is highly residential with quiet streets. There are busier thoroughfares on the borders with more traffic and commercial activities.
The area has large residential lots that are well landscaped with spacious lawns and trees. The west side of the neighborhood has less separate pedestrian paths than the eastern section and dog walkers need to be aware of local traffic sharing roadways, walk facing oncoming traffic, and keep their pets securely leashed.
Garrison Park features a good sized community park of the same name. Popular activities in this park include swimming, baseball, and basketball. There are sports fields and a playground while the Garrison District Park Trail winds through the trees and open areas of the park, providing an ideal greenway for pedestrians and pets.
A smaller park is also located locally. The Armadillo Neighborhood Park also features the Armadillo Neighborhood Park Trail and the walking path is well shaded and ideal for providing shelter from the sun on hot summer days.
The large Sunset Valley Natural Area is located to the west and connects to the South Hills Conservation Area. A wide maintained paved pedestrian trail winds through the area that is flat and easily accessible. There are also plenty of nature trails to explore in this large green space which provides habitats to local wildlife and plenty of wooded areas.