Old Orchard is a neighborhood in Toledo, Ohio which is a college town that is on the other side of Lake Erie from Cleveland. The neighborhood has a mixture of middle and upper-class homes and feels like a pleasant, suburban place to live. Many of the residents in the area are professors at the local University of Toledo, or lawyers and other types of professionals.
Toledo’s weather is fairly middle of the road, but it does experience all four seasons in very distinct ways. Its winters can be quite cold with average lows in the high teens and low twenties, so be sure to bundle yourself and your dog up if you choose to walk during these months. The summers range from mild to hot with temperatures ranging between 60 and 85 degrees on average. Fall and springtime in Toledo can also be mild and lovely with temperatures that are very comfortable for walking.
The terrain in Old Orchard is flat and verdant. You will not find any hills or steep changes in elevation to speak of within the borders of the neighborhood. It also lives up to its namesake because of the many different trees and grassy areas that the residential sections are built into. Along every street, there is a good amount of space between each house and much of the scenery is foliage.
The boundaries of Old Orchard are defined by Central Avenue to the north, Bancroft Street to the south, Douglas Road to the east, and Secor Road to the west. Of these, Central and Bancroft are the two biggest thoroughfares. Bancroft will always be an especially busy road because it runs alongside the campus of the University of Toledo. If you want to avoid high traffic areas on a walk, it might be best to stay away from the university areas during rush hour.
Ottawa Park, a massive green area with several different sections and attractions, borders Old Orchard on its eastern side. The Ottawa River flows through most of the park and it also has an ice skating rink, the Toledo Police Museum, a golf course, and wide swathes of green space and trails for you and your dog to explore. Ottawa Park is the largest park in Toledo, but there are other options if you are looking for a second destination to bring your dog to.
Marvin Playground lies just a few blocks north of Central Avenue in Old Orchard and it is mostly used for its tennis courts. However, around the tennis courts and large indoor complex, you will find several walking trails that run between grassy areas with trees on either side, making it a good secondary option outside of Ottawa Park for you and your pup to venture to on your daily outing.