Park Hill is a pleasant little neighborhood on Staten Island. It is composed of primarily single-family homes, but also has a fairly large section of five to six-story brick apartment buildings. A section of the neighborhood is composed of an organized townhouse complex that borders the Eibs Pond Park on one side. Most of this neighborhood is walled off from the public so unless you live there you are unlikely to find yourself passing through.
The section of the neighborhood composed of apartment buildings offers wide sidewalks and tall trees. The apartment complexes are fenced off right along the sidewalk so even though the sidewalk is wide, walking along here with your dog can feel cramped
The part of this neighborhood that is composed of single family homes is nice to walk along, with wide sidewalks in most areas. Some areas do have fenced yards or houses that are elevated from the sidewalk that can make you feel like you don’t have much room to walk, but in general, the overall experience feels very comfortable.
The terrain of Park Hill is either flat or gently sloped, with some houses being built up to accommodate for the gradual change in terrain. Some areas of the part of the neighborhood that is composed of single-family homes can be great for riding a bike or skateboarding with your dog, as they have long straight stretches with gentle slopes and plenty of green space to jump off into if necessary.
The areas of this neighborhood that are composed of apartment buildings are much more cramped to walk, with buildings and fences pushing right up against the sidewalk, and the planned community can only be walked in if you have access to that community.
For a more adventurous walk, you can explore Eibs Pond Park. This simple park is built around the pond and wet space of Eibs Pond. The park itself is composed of a simple trail through a high area into the wetlands and overlooking the pond.
Eibs Pond Park, right in the center of Park Hill, is a beautiful sanctuary for nature in this highly developed area. This natural pond and wetland can be explored via the simple dirt trail that is raised up above the wet areas. Your dog will love wandering off the trail, which does not have fences or anything to keep your dog from enjoying the shrubbery.
While the trail is raised up above the water level, on rainy days you can expect a muddy trail and after significant rain, it is likely that low areas will be swamped. For this reason, it is a good idea to wear protective waders or boots if you are exploring this park after a rain.
While neighborhoods push up against this park on all sides, you would never know it from the inside. Thick tree cover divides the ponds from the surrounding neighborhood, and thoroughly encompasses the simple trail so that you will feel like you are in the midst of a true wilderness.