Residents enjoy walking their dogs in residential areas and accessing some services on main roads that run through the community. When walking on foot, be prepared for wet weather in coastal New York, as rain is possible year round while winter can be cold and very wet with the possibility of snow. Summer is usually warm and sunny with plenty of days to enjoy walking in Baychester with your pet.
The Baychester neighborhood is primarily flat area and residential streets are straight and easy to walk. There is a major freeway running through Baychester that can impede foot traffic. The New England Thruway intersects the community and requires a pedestrian crossing in the north or via underpass further south. There are also several busy main roads with lots of traffic to be aware of in the area. Keep your dog leashed and close, especially on heavily trafficked roads.
There is a large multi-story housing complex on the northeast side of Baychester and the northeast Bronx Education Park and sports fields associated with it provide green space to residents. Large industrial areas along the river are not pedestrian friendly, with massive paved parking lots and fenced lots. Unfortunately, access to the waterfront to the east is somewhat limited, except in the south where a housing complex with pedestrian ways borders the river.
Greenways exist in communities adjacent to the main freeway and although the sound of traffic can be distracting, there are large trees and a green belt separating the sidewalk and homes from the freeway. In the southeastern portion of Baychester, a housing complex has green space and pathways along the river for residents to enjoy with their leashed pets.
In the north part of Baychester, a large housing complex features the Northeast Bronx Educational Park. This park features several sports fields and facilities, open and treed areas, and pathways for those traveling on foot with their dogs.
Haffen Park provides a 9-acre green space to the community with many facilities including baseball diamonds, basketball courts, a recreation center, an outdoor pool, a playground, bathrooms, and even outdoor eateries. Outdoor seating at local eateries may allow dogs to join their owners while enjoying a snack. There are pedestrian pathways throughout the park to stroll and enjoy the shady trees with your canine companion.