Weather in Seattle is cold and rainy in winter and a warm, waterproof jacket and footwear is recommended for dog walkers. Sometimes precipitation turns to sleet and snow when temperatures drop below freezing, creating treacherous conditions on walkways in the region. Wait for surfaces to thaw or use extreme caution so neither you nor your pooch is injured. Summers are warm and sunny with less rain. Extreme heat and storms are usually not an issue during summer months which makes this season ideal.
The region used to be hilly, but has been leveled and is now relatively flat with no steep hills to climb. The area is heavily trafficked, although there are separate sidewalks for pedestrians and pets. Use caution when crossing at intersections and watch for vehicles turning that may not see you or your pet in this busy area. Your dog should be acclimatized to traffic, pedestrians, and noise as this is a busy urban district.
The neighborhood is bordered on the west side by Elliot Bay which is lined with commercial and industrial activity with piers bringing ships and watercraft to the area.
Bell Street stretches for several blocks in the neighborhood. This linear park provides a local greenway and acts as a pedestrian walkway in the neighborhood with landscaping and trees. The associated Regrade Park boasts a 0.3-acre off-leash dog park. The park has a 5-foot fence with double gates, running water, and is a great place to let your city dog enjoy some free play. Your pup should be well socialized to enjoy the space.
On the waterfront, Belltown residents and their furry friends can visit the Olympic Sculpture Park which has 9 acres and features an outdoor sculpture museum and access to the beach.
Denny Park is located on the north border of the neighborhood and has plenty of paths through beautiful gardens with a central circular feature that is well shaded with maple and pine trees. This park is a lovely green space to enjoy with your pup on a walk around the Belltown area.