Elm Park is a charming little neighborhood in the Port Richmond area of Staten Island. This neighborhood borders the Bayonne Bridge on one side and the waterway on another. This is a beautiful neighborhood with charming two or three story homes that provide lots of architectural detail. Front lawns are generally grassy, well maintained, and unfenced. Most areas have little or no divider between the sidewalk and the street but cars tend not to go very quickly over these residential, one-way roads.
Lots of mature trees provide for a primarily shady walk through this neighborhood, and the extensive shrubbery makes you feel like you are walking through a park or a forest in much of the neighborhood.
For more green space than you can get with neighborhood walking, you can visit Veterans Park or Faber Park. Neither park is large, but both offer pleasant views and an enjoyable walking experience that is different than the typical neighborhood walking.
Walking along the neighborhood streets of Elm Park is very pleasant, with wide sidewalks and plenty of trees. While there is not much division between the sidewalk and the street, because traffic is slow you can still feel confident in riding your bike, rollerblading, or skating with your dog along the sidewalks, provided you are confident that you can get out of the way of pedestrians if necessary.
For a change from the neighborhood walks, you can visit Veterans Park where a wide grassy area features incredibly tall trees and charming flowering shrubbery and annuals. This park tends to be quite crowded, so if you are working on socializing your dog, and feel that she is at a good level to interact with strangers, this may be a good place for it. A natural environment like a park can alleviate a lot of the stress that your dog may feel around people in a more artificial environment.
Veterans Park is a wide-open grassy area that borders a historical church and is interspersed with historical monuments. Tall trees reach high enough to compete with the surrounding apartment buildings and well-maintained flowering shrubbery make this a very pleasant place to play ball with your dog on the grassy expanse or sit and relax on one of the many benches.
The sidewalk that borders the park is also very pleasant to walk along, as there is no fence between the walk and the grass so that you can walk comfortably on the sidewalk while your dog sniffs along the grass in the park.
Faber Park is also a very nice place to walk around with your dog. A wide circular walkway surrounds an attractive center planting and offers views of the waterway and bridge throughout the park. The other part of this park is a pool, but your dog will not likely be welcomed in that part of the grounds. While this little park is not large, the view of the water will likely make you want to spend some time here.