Meadowbrook-Allendale is a mixed-use neighborhood located in southeast Houston. Industrial areas in the neighborhood are not highly walkable, however, residential sections with churches, schools, and commercial businesses on the southeast side of the region are walkable and can be reached on foot for residents.
Houston has mild winters and winter weather doesn't impede walking with your dog on most days when temperatures are above the freezing mark. When warm air aloft results in precipitation with cooler air at the surface, freezing rain can occur, creating icy surfaces which are hazardous to pedestrians. Wait to take your dog out until surfaces thaw. Summers are very hot and extreme temperatures can result in heat-related illnesses in people or your pets if they overexert themselves, are overexposed, or become dehydrated. Drink lots of water and walk your dog earlier or later in the day when temperatures are somewhat cooler.
Homes in the area are modestly sized ranch and bungalow style structures with well-landscaped properties. The northern residential section does not have sidewalks and pedestrians and pets need to share the road with local traffic. When this is necessary, walk facing oncoming traffic and keep your dog securely leashed.
The southern trail sections have sidewalks and grass berms creating safe, cool, surfaced walkways. A natural, undeveloped treed area is located along Allen Genoa Road. The terrain is flat and there are no steep hills in the region to climb when walking with your pup through the neighborhood.
There are greenways along the bayou to the west with walking trails on and around the recreation center. However, access to the botanical garden may be limited to pets. The Charles H. Milby Park is located on the other side of the river and is difficult to access on foot, but can be reached by vehicle over the La Porte Freeway and provides a larger waterfront with walking trails, open spaces, and trees which makes an ideal location for locals and their pooches.
The Marguerite Ray Park is an open triangular shaped park with a play structure and open green lawns. On the north side of the neighborhood, Oak Meadow Park has a circular walking path for strolls with your pup.