Hollis is a quiet middle-class neighborhood and, while demographics have changed over the years, the climate has stayed pretty much the same. With mostly single-family homes and homeowners, the neighborhood has remained clean and the homeowners here are proud of their neighborhood. Jamaica Ave. which runs through the center of Hollis is where most of the businesses are and the rest of the neighborhood is primarily quiet side streets. Hollis Ave. which runs to the south also has a number of businesses, so no matter where you plan to walk, you will have access to food, drink, and small grocery stores. There are quite a few pet amenities in the area as well.
Weather consists of four definable seasons with fall and spring being the best times for walks as well as much of the summer. Winters can be icy and snowy, but not always, and summers are usually hot and humid.
Hollis is an older neighborhood so most of the roads have sidewalks with wide, grassy shoulders and some of them have big shade trees which make the sidewalks much more walkable in the summer. Since hot concrete will be unavoidable, it is advisable to walk your pooch early in the morning on the hottest days.
The neighborhood has no hills, so you will be walking on flat ground. For most dog walkers, this is perfect. The average person can get in a good workout just walking without needing hills. The same goes for your dog! Many people do not stop to think about their dog’s fitness level when they start walking, but this matters too. It's best to start out a new walking program slowly to ensure that you don't overdo it for your pup who will faithfully and happily follow you anywhere, even if it is too much or it hurts.
Unfortunately, there are not a lot of greenways in this area. Your main mode of transportation is going to be the sidewalk unless you want to hop in your car and take a drive to find a piece of nature for your best friend.
To the northwest, there is a very large park called Cunningham Park. This park has a little bit of everything for everybody and your pup will be delighted with the little slice of nature to enjoy. The good news is that there is a dog run here which means that you can set them loose to run and play! The trails in the park offer a seemingly endless adventure as one park leads into another.
North of Cunningham Park, the trails go through another large swath of greenway before turning into the Kissena Corridor Park and finally, the Kissena Park. While you probably will not walk that far, it amounts to a lot of miles for serious athletes.