If you like to take your dog for daily walks in the Westerleigh neighborhood, be prepared with a waterproof jacket for wet winters and waterproof footwear as rain, sleet, and even snow are frequent in the area. Summers are hot and humid and you may choose to walk earlier or later in the day to avoid uncomfortable walking conditions. Autumns tend to be drier, with beautiful fall colors, while spring walks may benefit from an umbrella to keep you and your pup dry. The temperatures in Westerleigh are usually moderated by the presence of the Atlantic Ocean, so extreme heat and cold are not as common.
Westerleigh is situated on high ground and, although residential streets in the area are not too hilly, there are some areas with inclines that require a climb. Some sections of the neighborhood provide good sightlines of New Jersey and surrounding areas on the elevated terrain. The neighborhood is heavily treed and landscaped and shade trees are welcome on hot, humid summer days.
The Staten Island Expressway runs along the south side of the neighborhood with heavy, high-speed traffic and noise. This area should be avoided by pedestrians walking their dogs. Residences in the area are mostly single-family homes of varying architecture, but with well-landscaped yards, lawns, trees, and shrubs. Sidewalks and grass berms on residential streets along with the tree canopy make ideal walking sites for pedestrians and their pets. Busy streets in the area, especially along commercial corridors, have traffic and you should be vigilant when crossing intersections for vehicles that can pose a hazard.
Northleigh Park is also located in Westerleigh and provides 4 acres of treed and recreational space with paved paths under huge shade trees. Westerleigh Park, named for the neighborhood is also within the neighborhood boundaries and is a small but beautiful park with paved paths and the site of many performances and events in the district.
On the south boundary of Westerleigh, the Ingram Woods is an undeveloped park that is the remnant of a larger natural forest once located here. Walkways around the boundaries of the forest and natural trails through the woods provide beautiful greenways for residents with pets living in the southern section of Westerleigh.