Dog walkers and their furry friends will experience a wide variety of weather conditions throughout the year, so they need to be prepared with appropriate clothing. Winters are cold with below freezing temperatures and snow. Conditions can be icy after snowfall and footwear with good traction is recommended for winter walking. If you have a short-haired indoor dog, your pup may even benefit from a warm coat and doggie boots. Summers are warm and not too hot, however, severe thunderstorms can occur. Be aware of imminent extreme weather and take shelter instead of venturing out when storms are occurring. Occasional rain showers also occur and do not have to dampen your walks if you have good rain gear and an umbrella!
There are plenty of sidewalks, so you and your pup do not have to share the road with local traffic. The terrain is fairly level and there are no steep hills.
The area is bordered by Route 315 and the Olentangy River on the east side, Bethel Road on the north side, W Henderson Road on the south side, and train tracks on the west. The commercial area and train tracks are not pedestrian-friendly areas, however, the park and river valley on the west are attractive for pedestrians and their pups.
An enclosed small dog park is located along Knightsbridge Boulevard. With a secure chain link fence, this little park is open all year long. The park is designed for dogs that are 24 pounds or less and pet owners should bring supplies to clean up after their pups.
On the east side of the Olentangy Commons is the Anheuser Busch Sports Park. This large 56-acre recreation space has plenty of sports fields and facilities.
A short distance east, the Olentangy River is lined with beautiful parks that can be accessed along the Olentangy Trail. The trail runs along the river and has multiple trailheads and natural destinations situated along its 17.5-mile stretch. The trail is hard surfaced and popular with cyclists in the summer and cross country skiers in the winter, so watch out for traffic, depending on the time of year. Keep your dog off ski tracks and clean up after your pet to be respectful to other users.