On foot travel in Columbus can also be impeded by weather that is less than pedestrian-friendly. Cold, snowy winters may not be conducive to walking and dog walkers that take their pets out regularly need to be prepared for cold, slippery conditions. Summers are warm and have pleasant temperatures for outings with your furry friend, however, severe storms and even tornadoes can occur. Check forecasts to avoid these dangerous conditions in warmer months. Luckily, extreme hot weather is not common and heat-related illnesses are not a frequent issue for pedestrians and pets.
Residential roads have sidewalks with grass berms which make safe walkways and provide cool footing for pets. Mature shade trees create a canopy over residential roads in some areas. Private properties are well maintained and attractive.
The neighborhood is fairly level with some gentle inclines but no steep hills that pets or pedestrians with mobility issues would have trouble navigating. Residential roads are quiet and peaceful for pleasant walks, however, communal areas such as Grandview Street, which runs north-south in the neighborhood, have less landscaping and more traffic, so make sure your dog is securely leashed and acclimatized to noise, people, and vehicles when strolling in these areas.
There are several parks in the Tri-Village area. Miller Park is located in Upper Arlington and boasts 4 acres with trails, picnic tables, public art, a playground, and gazebo. A stroll in the treed and open areas of this park is a pleasant way to spend an afternoon with your pooch. Triangle Park is also located in Upper Arlington and provides two acres with the public art, picnic tables, a paved walking trail, and open grassy areas.
To the south, Wyman Woods Park can be found in the Grandview Heights neighborhood. There is an open area on the south and a heavily wooded section on the north. A playground, drinking fountains, picnic shelter, and soccer fields are also located here.
McKinley Field Park is also located in Grandview Heights and has a unique community garden. Other recreation facilities in the area include tennis courts, a ball field, and playground. Stick to paved paths to be respectful to other users and wildlife.