Riverdale is a well-established community with homes built in the mid-80s to mid-90s. The neighborhood is clean, well-kept, and all streets have sidewalks for you and your pup to use. There are wide grassy strips for the pup and it will help keep their paws cooler during the summer months when the sidewalks are too hot. Actual dog parks and pet shops are within driving distance, but there is plenty of green space around the area for you and your pup to enjoy. For restaurants, you will need to hop in your car and go for a cruise.
The weather here is temperate, running in the 70s during the spring and in the low 90s during the summer. If you go walking during the summer months, be sure to check the weather report to see what time of day the almost daily thunderstorms are coming in or be sure you take an umbrella with you.
The terrain here is pretty flat, which you can see as boring or as just what you need, depending on both you and your dog's overall state of health. The flat ground can be the perfect way to get back in shape. Start out with a single block and work your way up one block at a time to build endurance or lose a few pounds. Then when you are ready for more, you can go for hikes out in the wide-open grasslands to the east of the community. The thing about going for a walk is that it is not just about getting out in the fresh air, it's also about letting your dog do a little sniffing around, mark their territory, and do business. More importantly, it's about taking the time for the both of you to bond and spend some quality time with each other, experiencing all that nature has to offer.
While there may not be many greenways in Riverdale's boundaries, there is no shortage of it all around. There are many acres of grassland between Riverdale and the industrial park to the east for the two of you to romp. This grassy area extends down to the canal and around the southern tip of the community. All of this area makes a great place to go walking or play a little fetch with your pooch.
Once the two of you have mastered these areas, you can always hop in the car and head north to the Lower Hillsborough Wildlife Preserve. The preserve is filled with trails you can follow that will take you past many different species of wildlife. One thing to keep in mind though is that you should never approach the wildlife or attempt to feed any gators you might happen to come across. Rumor has it they like having people and dogs for dinner!