There are local eateries, shops, and services located in various areas where commercial activity is concentrated, including along Telephone Road to the east and at Cullen Boulevard and Cope Street on the west side. Schools, community centers, and a library are also reachable on foot. Of note to local pet owners, there are two veterinarians within walking distance, the Telephone Road Dog and Cat Hospital and the Harrisburg Veterinary Clinic.
Houston weather is warm year round and only a light jacket is required in cooler winter months. Summers are, however, extremely hot and many dog walkers adjust their outings to earlier in the day when it is cooler. Late in the day, severe storms are more common after daytime heating.
Eastwood is located in the central section of the Greater Eastwood neighborhood which is surrounded by train tracks on three sides and a freeway on the southern border. These tracks and the freeway create an impediment for on foot travel and should only be crossed at designated crossings.
The Eastwood neighborhood is a historic district featuring dwellings built in the early 20th century. Beautiful, unique homes have architecture consistent with Craftsman, Arts and Crafts, Mission, Prairie, and American Foursquare styles. Private properties are well landscaped and maintained, creating an attractive backdrop for pedestrians and pets.
The terrain is flat and you and your dog should not have any difficulty getting around the region as there are no steep hills to climb. The residential streets are also lined with massive trees that create a canopy over local sidewalks, providing much welcome shade in summer months. Separate pedestrian sidewalks are prevalent throughout the district, so you and your pup have a safe place to stroll.
On the north side of Eastwood, you and your pup can walk to Eastwood Park. This recreational park has a community center, swimming pool, skate park, basketball courts, sports field, tennis courts, and a playground. There is a .2-mile paved walking and cycling path around the park which provides an ideal place to take your dog on a regular walking venture. The courts and field are lighted, which allows for night time walking when you can't take your pup out during daylight hours.
Another community park is located just southeast of Eastwood in the Greater Eastwood super-neighborhood. Diaz Park has four baseball fields organized in quadrants with a paved pedestrian path intersecting it in the middle. This park is more open with fewer trees, although there are some lining the walking paths. Dogs must remain leashed in this greenway and stay off the sports fields and facilities when they are in use.