While there aren't any homes in Westwood Gardens, the Marjorie Olsen Early Head Start and Crosswinds Youth Services are available in the region. Located on Dixon Boulevard and close to Clearlake Road, Westwood Gardens is surrounded on two sides by large residential communities of single-family houses and a mobile home community. The area also has a large strip of shade trees, providing at least some level of privacy from the strip mall at the corner of Dixon and Clearlake.
Whether you work in one of the facilities in Westwood Gardens or live in one of the nearby residential areas, the strip mall can come in handy. The mall is anchored by Harvey's Supermarket where you can find food and supplies for everyone in your family. You can walk from here to the nearby Sonic with your dog for lunch. In fact, while you are there, why not order your pup a cheeseburger and let them join you for a bite?
If you factor in both Dixon and Clearlake along with the intersection and strip mall, the traffic tends to be bustling from sunup to sundown most days of the week. Since Westwood Gardens is mostly parking lots and buildings, you aren't going to see much in the way of traffic. Even so, you can still go for walks in the residential community to the east if that is more your style.
Although this neighborhood doesn't have much in the way of sidewalks, beyond the daily rush hours, it stays pretty quiet for the bulk of the day. When walking your pup in this area, be sure you keep them on a short walking leash that is no longer than six feet. A short leash like this will give you far more control over your dog in the event that your walks run into traffic or if you run into any other pedestrians strolling your way.
At the south end of Westwood Gardens and all around the three buildings in this zone, there is plenty of grass and shade trees to enjoy. Through the trees is a small creek and vast areas of grass behind the Endeavor Elementary Magnet School which you should be able to use before and after school hours.
If your dog likes to run around off-leash, the nearest fenced-in dog park sits along Pluckebaum Road on the edge of a lake and vast areas of grass. This is a great place to take your pooch as you can go for on-leash walks around the lake and then go into the fenced-in dog park. There are separate zones for large and small breeds to ensure safety and each of the zones has a water fountain for thirsty pups and lots of seating in the shade. The only thing missing is free snacks and drinks!