Dog walkers in Austin do not have to contend with frigid weather. Winter temperatures are well above freezing most of the time and bulky warm outerwear is not a requirement. Spring and fall are warm and inviting but summers, on the other hand, can have excessively hot weather which makes dog walking uncomfortable. Avoid heat by walking with your pup at cooler times of the day. Spring and summer also have frequent thunderstorms and occasional flash floods. Check for imminent severe weather before venturing out with your pup.
MLK 183 is located to the east of the MLK neighborhood and centered around route 183 which travels north to south. The area around the freeway is lined with industrial and commercial activity, facilities, and services. The area is not pedestrian-friendly and the freeway itself has fast-moving traffic and limited pedestrian crossing points. Residential areas are more pedestrian-friendly with trees and landscaping.
The residential areas have single-family homes on well-treed lots, but some areas do not have separate sidewalks. When walking with your pet, face oncoming traffic, keep your dog close beside you, and watch for cars.
Some of the areas in the neighborhood are fairly level but others have hilly terrain and walking in these areas means climbing some inclines. Make sure you choose a route that works for you and your pet. The MLK-183 neighborhood has some empty lots as well as natural and undeveloped terrain and there is a creek on the west side.
Springdale Park is located within the neighborhood. The park has a large wooded area with a walking trail meandering through the trees and open areas as well as a playground. To the south, the East Boggy Creek Greenbelt sits on the border of MLK-183 and has plenty of wooded and open areas, picnic tables, and trails to explore with your pup.
The north end of MLK 183 is the location of the David White Northeast District Park. With picnic sites, a playground, swimming pool, sports fields, and a walking trail, this park also features an off-leash dog area where your pooch can play, providing your pet is well socialized.
On the west border of MLK 183 sits the Givens District Park which has basketball courts, a swimming pool, tennis courts, and softball fields. A large wooded section on the west side of the developed recreation area provides a natural area to walk with your pet.