When walking your canine companion in Cranbrook, you may experience a variety of weather conditions and not all are pedestrian-friendly. Severe thunderstorms can occur during the warmer months and it is important to be aware of winds, electric activity, hail, and heavy rain. Summers, however, do not get too hot and heat-related illnesses are not an issue most of the time. Blizzards and winter storms with freezing temperatures and icy conditions are hazardous for pedestrians on icy walkways. When walking your dog in winter, avoid severe weather, dress warmly in good footwear, and keep outings short.
Most of the Cranbrook community is made up of single-family homes in a variety of styles, with some older and some newer structures. There is a condominium complex on the south side. Private properties are well landscaped with green lawns, shade trees, and attractive gardens. Residential roads have sidewalks and grassy berms providing safe, separate walkways for pedestrians and their pets. The area is relatively level with only some gentle inclines that are not difficult to climb up and do not present an impediment to walkers.
The Smith Nature Park is located a short walk to the west. This four-acre park has sports fields and facilities, picnic tables, and barbecue grill sites. There is a wooded nature trail for strolls with your pup. The park is a designated off-leash dog park after 8 PM and before 8 AM during the summer and after 5 pm in the winter. To take advantage of this off-leash privilege, ensure your dog has good recall and socialization.
A short drive south is a large recreational greenway with multiple sports fields and facilities. Fred Beekman Park has lots of open areas, however, dogs are not permitted on sports fields when in use. Pedestrian paths are good places for a stroll to take in the local activities.