In western New York, weather can be variable depending on the season. Springs can be cold and rainy, while summers are often hot and humid. Fall is the most comfortable and beautiful time of year. Because of Tonawanda's proximity to Lake Erie, winters are prone to bouts of lake-effect snowfall, snowstorms, and bitterly cold temperatures. Walking in the winter requires appropriate wear for both the walker and dog including boots, coats, hats, and gloves.
The neighborhood is populated with older colonial homes amongst landscaped yards. Sidewalks are plentiful and the established trees provide enough shade to make this an excellent area to walk a dog on a warm, sunny day without having to worry too much about the heat. Irvington Creekside is well-plowed and salted during the wintertime, making it a safer area to walk during this season and preventing any hazardous, slippery areas.
The other option, The Bark Park at Elliott Island, is just outside of the Irvington Creekside boundary but within five minutes driving distance. This 25-acre island is a dog park surrounded by water that dogs can swim in and complete with waste bags, seating areas, shelters, grills, and restrooms. Be aware that there are no fenced areas in this park as it is an island, which means that there are no separate spaces for large and small dog breeds.