Richmond Hill is a thickly populated neighborhood rich in cultural and ethnic diversity in the southwest of Queens. Many homes in Richmond Hill are historic with Victorian designs and are two to three stories. The majority of homes in this neighborhood have fenced front yards, usually of a decorative brick and wrought iron design.
The fenced yards can make you feel as if you're hugging the street as you walk your dog, especially since most areas do not have a large division between the sidewalk and the road. Mature trees are scattered along the roads for a pleasant open walking experience, though.
There is a sweet little park in Richmond Hill called Phil "Scooter" Rizzuto Park. Most of the park is a ballpark, but there is also a nice walking area and playground that you can enjoy with your dog. For a bigger park experience, you can go to the Forest Park that borders Richmond Hill.
Most of the terrain of Richmond Hill is flat, with straight streets and relatively narrow sidewalks bordered by largely fenced front yards. There are some gentle slopes to this neighborhood that can be fun if you are on a wheeled device with your dog, but the relatively narrow space between the sidewalk and the road can make wheeled sports in this area a little bit dangerous.
If you want to engage in a wheeled activity with your dog, choose an area with fewer fenced front yards, make sure that you have plenty of room without a cross street, and know that you have an effective stopping mechanism if necessary.
If you are ready for a break from walking through the neighborhood streets, then nearby Forest Park can be a welcome change for you and your dog. This aptly named forest is thickly wooded so it can be a pleasant protected place to walk on cold New York days, and will also shelter you from the sun on hot days.
While the greenways of Richmond Hill itself is limited to the small Phil "Scooter" Rizzuto Park, you can find a much richer natural experience by going just across the border of Richmond Hill to Forest Park. Forest Park is a natural forest that you can explore with your dog. Lovely walking paths through the forest can allow you and your dog to enjoy all of the lushness of a thick mature forest without having to hike through it.
Your dog will enjoy being able to run to the end of an extendable leash after all of the close walking along busy city streets. If your dog is always trying to get a little more space, then a walk through this forest will be good for both of you.
You also have a great chance of seeing some real wildlife in this expansive forest. Not only could you see raccoons, foxes, and a variety of bird life, but you may actually get lucky enough to see a deer or wild turkey.