The neighborhood of Fort Wadsworth is the area surrounding the old fort by the same name. Originally owned by the Dutch, the fort itself has changed names and passed hands many times over the years. It was an active military base all the way up to 1994 when it was closed and named the longest continually garrisoned military installation in the US. Today, it is part of the national park service and the Staten Island Unit of the Gateway National Recreation Area.
If you are looking for amenities on your walk, you will need to venture outside the neighborhood. Both the neighboring communities of Shore Acres and Arrochar have a number of restaurants and you will find a veterinarian, dog training, and grooming facilities. The New York climate will allow you to walk all four seasons except for at the peak of winter and summer when temperature extremes and snow, ice, rain and wind can make walking unpleasant.
The terrain throughout this neighborhood is flat, making it easy walking for you and your pup! If Spot is a bit overweight or getting a bit old, the flat ground in Fort Wadsworth is going to be a blessing. You can take it slow and work your way up to a new healthy, trim companion by slowly increasing the pace and distance as needed.
The walkable area in Fort Wadsworth is pretty small and if you're thinking you would like a bit of longer walk, you can head northwest into Shore Acres where there are a few more hills and the sidewalks have more grass and trees. The hills here are very gentle so they will be great for when your pup is ready for a bit more of a workout! There are a few main roads through both neighborhoods, but other than that, the roads are lightly traveled and, with sidewalks, it should make for safe walking.
Your other option when walking is that you're fortunate enough to be within walking distance of Fort Wadsworth itself! It's not open all year long, but when it is, you can take your dog for walks there with a few restrictions. Dogs are not allowed at the campgrounds and when the Piping Plovers are nesting, dogs are not allowed on the beaches. If you walk, entrance is free, but some of the areas charge for parking, so take time to make the trip on foot.
Another option is Von Briesen Park which is just outside of Fort Wadsworth and along the beach. The park sits on the old estate of Arthur Von Briesen and has an off-leash area for your dog to take advantage of. The off-leash area is open before 9 am and after 9 pm, but even a few minutes of running will do your pup a world of good.