Cordata is one of the northernmost neighborhoods in Bellingham as well as one of the newer ones. Developers started building much of this defined neighborhood in the 80s and today it is one of the fastest growing. The neighborhood is very diverse in terms of development as there is everything from single-family homes to multi-home dwellings, commercial spaces, and even some light industrial areas. You can find just about anything that your four-legged companion could possibly need or want in the area including pet stores, vets, and grooming facilities.
Weather for walking is some of the best as the temperatures are generally mild. You will have to watch out for high winds and Pacific storms, however, they will probably stop you walking more than any other type of weather. The rare snowstorm will stop you as well, but these types of storms do not even happen every year.
The terrain in Cordata is primarily flat but there are a few hills here and there. Overall, dog owners will be pleased to see that the lack of hills makes this area an easy walk. If your dog is elderly or overweight, they will appreciate a gentle beginning to their walks that this terrain allows. Much of the housing in this area is new, so many of the roads have wide, well-kept sidewalks for you to use.
There is not a lot of shade as most of the trees are recently planted and are still quite small and there are shoulders with grass only in some areas. If you really want to find grass for your pup, your best option is to look at some of the greenways in the area. There are a number of heavily traveled roads nearby, so be sure to wear reflective clothing, especially if you might get caught out after dark.
Cordata has a very nice park towards the north end of the neighborhood. Part of it is wooded but there is also a large field of grass that your pup will enjoy. The paths are gravel which might be hard on your dog’s feet, but as long as you allow them off the path and onto the softer grass, it should not be a problem.
While this is the only park in the neighborhood, to the south outside of the area's perimeter is Cornwall Park which not only has nice trails and wooded areas, but it connects to other trails that run throughout Bellingham. You can park at Cornwall Park and walk for as long as you would like. The park also has internal trails if you are not interested in going too far.
The only other park that is nearby is Squalicum Creek Park which has a dog park where your pampered pup can run and play.