Delridge is a large district of southwest Seattle that contains many smaller communities. The walkability of this neighborhood depends on your proximity to local businesses and shopping areas which are mostly centered along Delridge Way. Delridge neighborhoods are about a 15 to 20-minute commute to downtown Seattle.
When walking with your dog in the Delridge area, warm, mostly dry summers will provide pleasant walking conditions. Extreme heat and thunderstorms are rare in the Seattle area and usually do not impede strolls with your pet. Winters are cool and, although sub-freezing temperatures do not linger and snow is rare, occasional snow and freezing rain creates slippery conditions. Use caution when walkways are icy. A warm jacket will keep you warm when walking your dog in cooler winter months. Rain is frequent in spring, fall, and winter in the Seattle area, so rain gear and umbrellas are a necessity for dog walkers that like to go out, no matter what the weather conditions are.
Most of the area is residential, however, there are large natural areas located in the area and along the eastern side. Homes are mostly single-family detached residences with well-landscaped properties. Because of the precipitation in the area, private properties feature large trees and lush vegetation and gardens.
The terrain is hilly with ridges and a valley and the High Point area features the highest point in Seattle. The Duwamish Waterway is situated on the east side and there is some industrial activity near the river. Industrial areas are not pedestrian-friendly and should be avoided when walking your dog.
The West Duwamish Greenbelt stretches along the east side of the Delridge neighborhood. This large greenway is heavily treed and home to a variety of local wildlife and native plant species. There are several separate park areas in the greenbelt.
Westcrest Park is located on the south end and has a lookout platform that provides views of the Seattle skyline. There is an open meadow, a walking path, restrooms, picnic sites, and public art on display. Best of all, there is an off-leash dog area. With four acres to romp in, this off-leash area has doggie drinking fountains, shade, and seating. Many trails in the park are also available for hiking. Pigeon Point Park and Puget Park are located on the north end of the West Duwamish Greenbelt and have trails and natural terrain with wooded areas to explore.
Several other smaller community greenway parks and recreation areas are located in the Delridge area, creating green spaces to visit with your pup.