Merion Village is a large community to the southwest of the city along the Scioto River. While the majority of the area is given over to single and multifamily housing, there is a large segment of light commercial businesses along the river.
If you like to dine out, there are plenty of restaurants within a ten to fifteen-minute drive offering an incredible variety. While there might not be much in the way of parks within Merion Village, there are several within a short drive for you and Spot to enjoy.
For those of you who like warm springs and hot summers, Columbus won't disappoint. Spring temperatures start warming up to the 50s and 60s in March and April. By June, the temperatures are in the mid-80s where they will stay until September when they start cooling down on the way to freezing temperatures and lots of snow to endure as you go out for your daily walks.
Beyond the commercial areas along the river, the terrain in Merion Village is mostly residential and flat. For the most part, the bulk of this community is block after block of residential streets.
If this sounds like terrain that isn’t going to give you and Spot much of a challenge when it comes to going out for your daily walks, it's easy to see why you might feel this way. However, this type of walking terrain can be perfect for a young pup who is just getting started on what will become a lifetime of long walks as it will let them get started without over-taxing their young muscles and joints. It can also work perfectly for a dog that has put on a few extra pounds over the winter by providing just enough exercise to help them shed the weight without making their heart work too hard.
Within Merion Village, there are a couple of small parks with room for one or two baseball fields and enough grass for the two of you to play on as long as you keep your pup on a leash.
Next door in German Village is Schiller Park which offers a fishing pond, children's playground, tennis courts, outdoor stage, and lots of walking trails and grass for the two of you to enjoy out in the fresh air. Like most of the parks in the city, your pooch must be on a leash and must be cleaned up after.
Along the Scioto River and to the west sit Scioto Greenway, Scioto Audubon Metro Park, and Whittier Peninsula. Here, you and your pup will find acres of grass to run around on, plenty of walking trails to hike along, and access to the river for your dog if they are brave enough to go for a dip.