Area businesses, including a local grocery store and local eateries, are located on the southeast side at Nogalitos Street and are more easily reached on foot.
San Antonio rarely has cold temperatures. Occasional cold snaps in winter are rare, however, freezing rain is a danger when they occur, making surfaces slippery. Summers are hot and humid and heat-related illnesses are a danger for dog walkers. Ensure you and your dog are well hydrated and avoid extreme heat. Watch out for thunderstorms which occur in the San Antonio area and seek shelter when severe weather threatens.
Collins Garden is located north of the Cleto Rodriguez Freeway, west of Interstate 35 and Interstate 10, and southeast of Frio City Road which runs at an angle on the neighborhood's northwest border. Most of the area is residential with commercial areas along main thoroughfares in the district.
Residences vary, but many consist of older, moderate two-story homes on landscaped properties with trees and lawns. Most retail streets have separate sidewalks for pedestrians and pups to travel on.
The terrain is flat and there are no steep hills to climb on daily walks with your pooch. Train tracks along the northwest side should only be crossed at designated pedestrian crossings. The busy freeways on the east and south sides of the neighborhood are not pedestrian-friendly areas either and should be avoided when walking your dog. When necessary, pedestrians can cross this freeway on under or overpasses that have sidewalks running along trafficked lanes.
Collins Garden Park stretches for five blocks from east to west and is located on the south side of the neighborhood. It is only one block deep, however, this long, narrow greenway packs a lot of facilities into its uniquely shaped area.
There is a gravel-surfaced walking trail for dog walkers to enjoy. The trail runs the length of the park which has open green lawns and shade trees. There is also a tennis court and an outdoor gym, a play structure, and traditional basketball courts that visitors can enjoy. On one end of the park, a pavilion covers a basketball court providing shade to players. There are even picnic tables to take a break at and have a snack while enjoying the park with your pup.
Keep your dog leashed in Collins Garden Park and bring supplies to ensure you can adequately clean up after your pet to be respectful to other park users.