Situated in South East Bronx in New York City, Parkchester has over 12,000 homes for families and their pets. Parkchester is only a 129-acre community, but it is surrounded by densely packed urban communities and has easy access to parks, playgrounds, and dog parks. A bit farther out you will find even more parks and access to the rivers and bays in the surrounding areas.
The largest park in New York City, the Pelham Bay Park, is just four miles away and offers extensive hiking trails as well as a dog park. There is no lacking for amenities in the neighborhood should you want to stop for a drink or snack on your walk, you will find restaurants and stores in any direction you choose to walk in. You will also find access to several vets in and around Parkchester, and there are even places for you to get your four-legged friend groomed or find their favorite treats.
Parkchester has a full four seasons. With an average of 5 ten 10 inches of snow in the winter, you may find that walking is sometimes tough. Conversely, hot and sometimes humid summers can make early morning the best time for walks. Even with these extremes, there's plenty of pleasant weather to enjoy-- be sure to take full advantage of the beautiful weather of the fall and spring!
You won’t find any hills in in Parkchester and most of the terrain consists of city streets and sidewalks. There are some walking trails in and around the housing in this area. These trails are mostly concrete but are bordered by trees and grass. The city has put a number of grassy areas in the shoulders and the medians and a few trees to allow you to find shade for your dog on a hot summer day. A trip to the fountain at Metropolitan Oval is perfect for a short walk and a great place to cool off. If walking down city sidewalks is not your preference, there are plenty of parks in the area and along most any walking route. If you feel like ranging just a bit farther, you will find river and bay side parks that make great destinations. Keep in mind however that Parkchester is surrounded on three sides by interstates, so if you plan to walk rather than drive to your destination you may want to plan your route carefully before heading out.
Fortunately, despite all the artificial surfaces such as sidewalks that you will encounter in Parkchester there are plenty of green spaces for your pup to roll in the grass, do his business, or just curl up and take a nap in the shade. Virginia Park, Wood Park, Van Nest Park and the Hugh J. Grant Circle offer some wider greenways that are within easy walking distance. If you are looking for larger greenways and open spaces you may have to travel a bit to head to Starlight Park, Pelham Bay Park, Crotona Park or Soundview Park, all of which are within five miles of Parkchester but may be best reached by car. These areas all have large greenways with dog parks or dog friendly areas. Fortunately, despite the lack of greenways in the neighborhoods, the city has compensated for it by having a large number of parks. Keep in mind that not all parks in New York City allow dogs so it is always best to check ahead before you take your four-legged friend with you.