Harrison West is a member of the many historic districts in the Near Northside. The first brick homes were built here during the mid-19th century for working-class families. During the 1970s, the area, like many similar areas, fell into decline. However, in recent years, Harrison West has undergone revitalization and a revival in value.
A large section of the community sits on both sides of the Olentangy River. You will find there are plenty of bars, coffee shops, restaurants, and parks for you to enjoy in an urban setting. A short drive will take you into Grandview and Lennox where you can find the big box stores. The neighborhood sports a fenced-in dog park, a nearby public park, and trails along the river banks.
Those who live here enjoy four distinct seasons with summers hovering in the mid-80s and winter's coldest temperatures reading well below freezing at night and just above freezing during the daylight hours.
The terrain in Harrison West is typically urban in design with residential streets and blocks laid out with grid-like precision. As one of the older communities, most of the streets are lined with sidewalks and plenty of shade trees. The shade will definitely help make your daily walks a lot more enjoyable than being out under the full sun during the summer.
Harrison West encompasses a major highway which should be avoided by pedestrians who are strolling in the area. This roadway contains fast moving traffic and very few crossings to get you from point A to point B. Instead, stick to one side of the highway or the other, enjoying the residential spaces to the east or larger industrial areas to the west.
Keep in mind that some of the areas in this neighborhood are not accessible by pedestrians. You'll want to stick to spaces where it's alright to bring your leashed pup.
For your dog, the best green space in town is the Wheeler Dog Park on Alexandria Colony Street East and Thurber Drive Eas. The dog park is part of the Wheeler Memorial Park and offers two large fenced-in areas, one for bigger dogs and one for puppies and smaller dogs. Each section has plenty of room for the pups to run, lots of shade, and a water fountain for when they get thirsty.
To the east of the dog park on Buttles Avenue and Dennison Avenue is Goodale Park. Covering over 32 acres, the park offers an oasis in the midst of the storm of life. With walking trails, a pond, and over 650 trees along with plenty of grass, you and Fido are welcome to come here and enjoy all the park has to offer as long as you keep them on a leash and clean up any messes they leave behind.