Columbus dog walkers need to be prepared, however, for some inclement weather throughout the year. Summers are warm and sunny, but be sky aware as severe thunderstorms and even tornadoes can occur during warmer months in this area and pose a significant hazard to exposed pedestrians and pets. Winters in Columbus are cold and snowy and dog walkers will need warm outerwear to brave winter conditions in this region. Your dog may even benefit from a warm coat and doggie booties! After recent snow falls, or when the temperature is near the freezing mark and a cycle of thawing and freezing occurs, walkways can be icy, so have good footwear to avoid slips and falls.
Dwellings in the Kendale neighborhood are mostly bungalow and split-level homes on generous urban lots. Homes are decently spaced with good setbacks and large yards with lawns and trees. The neighborhood has plenty of shade and is attractive to walk through.
There are no separate sidewalks for pedestrians who must share the road with local traffic. You should walk facing oncoming vehicles and have your pet securely leashed. Most of the Kendale region is relatively flat, however, but there are some areas with gentle inclines. Hills are not steep and pedestrians and their pups should not have a problem navigating the region on foot.
Kendale is just west of the Olentangy River and the many greenways and walking trails present in the river valley. Dog walkers and their pets can cross the river to access Whetstone Park on the east shore. This large greenway is 136 acres and includes a rose garden, sports fields and facilities, a playground, picnic sites, a pond, a recreation center, and lots of open and wooded areas. Whetstone Park has many paved trails and the Olentangy Trail can be accessed here.
The Olentangy Trail is a 17 mile long hard-surfaced trail running along the river which connects several greenways and recreation facilities. The path is a great walkway to venture down with your leashed pet as there are miles of the natural and developed greenway to enjoy.
Kendale pedestrians can also head west to access Thomson Park which has 4.42 acres, a basketball court and recreation center, a playground, and large open sports fields.