Dog walkers in the Chinatown neighborhood should be prepared for wet weather as Seattle's temperate climate and coastal location results in warm to cool weather and lots of precipitation. Winter precipitation can turn to snow or sleet depending on the temperatures. Icy conditions can result, making walkways slippery. Fortunately, these conditions do not persist as daytime temperatures usually climb above freezing. Summer is warm, drier, and ideal for walking with few extreme heat situations or storms. Spring and fall are mild but rainy and an umbrella and rain jacket are required to stay dry.
Chinatown is situated in a hilly area. Inclines in the area require some climbing for pedestrians and their pups, so be prepared for some exercise when trekking the region. Interstate 5 runs north-south through the Chinatown area. However, it is elevated and most major thoroughfares in the neighborhood run underneath the freeway and have pedestrian ways running alongside them.
Main thoroughfares in the area have sidewalks creating safe walkways and some roads have trolley tracks and bicycle lanes. When crossing intersections, be sure to watch out for public transportation and cyclists as well as vehicles in this busy urban area.
Most buildings in the area are multi-story and often have living spaces or offices on upper floors and retail or commercial space at street level. There are also dedicated apartment buildings in the neighborhood. Public art and colorful decor and businesses lend character to the region and the 45-foot Chinatown gate marking the area is a unique architectural feature.
The Hing Hay Park is located in Chinatown and this unique ethnic park is also a historic site. There is a pavilion with seating and chess tables. Tai Chi classes are frequently held in the park and the annual DragonFest is centered here.
The Danny Woo Memorial Garden is also located in the district. This is a beautiful green space with a community garden, however, access to all areas of the park may be restricted to dogs as locals use garden plots for growing food. A more dog-friendly park is located just south in Beacon Hill.
Dr. Jose Rizal Park is contiguous with Sturgus Park, Lewis Park, and Daegon Park. There is an off-leash dog area located in the greenway. Much of the dog park is open and requires your dog to have good off leash recall, however, there is a smaller enclosed section for off-leash play. This greenway occupies 9.6 acres and has multiple walking trails winding throughout it.